Friday, October 29, 2010

Council of Europe Recommends that Russia Reintroduce Governors’ Elections

The Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, held in Strasbourg, adopted a resolution recommending that Russia reintroduce direct elections for regional governors, revoke the recent law concerning the dismissal of mayors, and improve legal safeguards to ensure that local authorities are not subject to excessive supervision by higher-level officials. Russia abolished the direct election of governors in 2004, and in 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev was quoted as stating that the abolishment is not likely to be reversed, “neither now, nor in 100 years.”

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