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Russian President Fires Moscow’s Mayor Because Of Corruption?

Posted by Info on 28/09/2010

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has fired the mayor of Moscow, saying he has lost confidence in his ability to run the city.
Yuri Luzhkov has run the sprawling metropolis for almost two decades. His removal was effective immediately, the Kremlin said, and his first deputy, Vladimir Resin, was appointed acting mayor.

The most serious accusation is of corruption: One news report detailed ways in which Luzhkov allegedly channeled funds and lucrative deals to his property-developer wife, now Russia’s richest woman.

He was also criticized for failing to curb Moscow’s notoriously bad traffic jams, and for going on a vacation during the forest fires and choking smog over the summer. The mayor has been at odds with Medvedev, most recently over the Kremlin’s decision to suspend work on a controversial highway project through a Moscow forest.

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