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He was born in the town of Semigorovka in the oblast of Voronezhskaya. In 1968, Rybkin graduated from Volgograd Agricultural Institute , and in 1991, he graduated from the Soviet Academy of Social Sciences . After a career in the lower ranks of the Communist Party, Rybkin was elected as peoples' deputy to the congress of the RSFSR, the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (a nation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), in 1990. In 1993, Rybkin became a member of the Agrarnaja Partija Rossii or "Agrarian Party of Russia" (APR). That same year, he was elected deputy of the State Duma (Gosudarstvennaja Duma) of the Russian Federation. In 1994, Rybkin was elected speaker of the State Duma. In January 1995, he became a member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation . In July of that year, Rybkin became a leader of the "Regions of Russia" bloc. He was elected deputy of the State Duma for the Voronezh constituency. In March 1998, Rybkin was appointed Deputy Prime Minister over CIS-affairs (CIS being the Commonwealth of Independent States).
In 2004, Rybkin was nominated for the Russian presidential elections. In February 2004, he disappeared under mysterious circumstances, a day after he accused the Putin administration of complicity in the 1999 bomb attacks in Moscow that led to a war in the Russian breakaway republic of Chechnya. Five days later, Rybkin appeared in Kiev. He stated his absence had not been voluntary. He also said that he didn't know whether or not to continue his campaign; he initially decided to continue, but on March 5, 2004, he withdrew from the race, saying he did not want to be part of "this farce," as he called the elections.
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