Lebed backs Yeltsin guard

Alexander Lebed, Russia's national security adviser, declared his support for Boris Yeltsin's former chief bodyguard, Alexander Korzhakov, who is running for his old seat in parliament.

It appears Mr Lebed, who is trying to consolidate his power base in readiness for the next presidential race, sees Mr Korzhakov as a source of funds. He may also value the latter's collection of allegedly compromising material about top Kremlin figures and potential rivals. Phil Reeves - Moscow