Donetsk, Nov 12 – DAN. Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov has extended his congratulations to DPR Interim Head Denis Pushilin  and LPR acting head Leonid Pasechnik after they both won November 11 elections in their Republics, said Alexey Chesnakov, political scientist and director of the Center for Current Politics, speaking to the TASS News Agency.

Surkov's letter said, "the high turnout for the elections showed the whole world that Donbass people are proud and smart, they believe in themselves and can protect themselves, they totally reject Kiev's blunt policy."

"Surkov is sure that the elected leaders shall do everything they can to raise the living standards and to deliver on international commitments." *ot