Eight Former Cosmonauts Run for Parliament
MOSCOW (AP) _ Russia’s parliamentary elections have drawn at least one group of real high-fliers: eight former cosmonauts, including the first two women to fly in space, are candidates.
Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, is running for parliament as a member of the Our Home is Russia party, led by Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, the ITAR-Tass news agency said Saturday.
The second woman in space, Svetlana Savitskaya, is competing from the other side of the political spectrum and is on the Communist Party list of candidates, ITAR-Tass said.
Other former cosmonauts looking for seats in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in the Dec. 17 elections include Vitaly Sevostyanov, Vladimir Dzhanibekov, Viktor Gorbatko, Yevgeny Khrunov, Viktor Savinykh and Vladimir Kovalyonok.
The present legislature has three lawmakers who were once cosmonauts.