Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Moscow Mayor Dismissed Amidst Scandal

Russia’s President, Dmitri Medvedev, dismissed Moscow Mayor, Yuri Luzhkov, aged 74, who had been in office for 18 years.  During the last several weeks all major federal government-controlled TV channels broadcasted programs discrediting Luzhkov (alleging, among other things, corruption), in an apparent attempt to force his resignation.  Luzhkov, however, openly refused to resign voluntarily.  Ultimately, Medvedev fired Luzhkov on the grounds the latter “has lost the trust of the President.”  According to the current legislation, a new Mayor is to be appointed by the President, rather than elected by popular vote.



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