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Alexandra Yakovlevna Ovchinnikova (sometimes translated as Aleksandra) (Russian: Александра Яковлевна Овчинникова) (1914–2009), a native Yakut, served as President of the Yakut Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. A daughter of illiterate cattle-breeders west of Yakutsk, she became a road engineer. She was named president of Yakutia, a largely ceremonial position, in 1963, and served until 1979.[1][2][3][4][5][6] She was succeeded by Yevdokiya Nikolayevna Gorokhova. She died at age 95 in 2009.[7]

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