Until 2004 only two officials of Astrakhan Oblast were elected by people: the Governor of the oblast and the oblast legislature. The legislative body of the oblast was the Representatives Assembly of Astrakhan Oblast in 1994-2001; since then it was replaced by the State Duma of Astrakhan Oblast.
The process of the elections of the leaders of Russian federal subjects was abolished by then-President Vladimir Putin in 2004.
Governor election in Astrakhan Oblast
1996 marks the first elections of the head of the oblast in the history of this territory.
In the elections participated the current head of the region Anatoly Guzhvin (appointed by Boris Yeltsin in 1991) and leader of opposition, representative of Communist Party of the Russian Federation, deputy of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Zvolynsky.
The results were as follows:
In 2000 took place the second elections of the Governor.
In the elections participated the cur