Medvedev Fires Moscow Mayor Luzhkov After Conflict

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- President Dmitry Medvedev fired long-serving Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, opening the way for the Russian leader to put his own man in charge of a city that accounts for almost a quarter of the national economy.

    Medvedev “lost confidence” in Luzhkov, Natalya Timakova, the president’s spokeswoman, told reporters in Shanghai today. “Now he’s just a citizen.” Medvedev named Luzhkov’s deputy Vladimir Resin as acting mayor.

    The departure of Luzhkov after more than 18 years in city hall comes as Russia prepares for next year’s parliamentary elections followed in 2012 by a presidential contest that may see Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seeking to return to the Kremlin at the expense of his protégé Medvedev.

    Luzhkov, a co-founder of the United Russia party that dominates parliament and is headed by Putin, resisted mounting pressure to resign in the weeks leading up to his firing. National television channels controlled by the Kremlin aired increasingly critical programs of Luzhkov, accusing him of corruption and favoritism toward his billionaire wife, Yelena Baturina. Sergei Tsoi, a spokesman for Luzhkov, couldn’t be reached immediately for comment. The couple denied wrongdoing.

    You have to love the "Russian way". Did you ever see Putin slapping Oleg Deripaska - one of the most powerful "oligarchs" in Russia. Watch the video !=>

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  2. JamesL


    And how is this WS news?