Embattled mayor of Moscow may resign on Monday: report

08:50, September 25, 2010      

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The embattled mayor of Moscow may step down on Monday, the Kommersant daily reported Friday.

Yuri Luzhkov, who has led the Russian capital city since 1992, has drawn fierce criticism from the media for the past several weeks.

The media has accused Luzhkov of corruption and indifference during the abnormal heat, drought and wildfires that plagued much of Russia this summer.

Luzhkov, 74, who left for Austria for an unplanned vacation on Friday, was going to cut short his holiday and return to Moscow on Monday, the newspaper said citing City Hall sources.

Experts said that if Luzhkov resigned next week, it would occur in the absence of President Dmitry Medvedev, who will be visiting China.

The anti-Luzhkov campaign has prompted widespread speculation that the criticism might originate from Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Medvedev has the constitutional right to dismiss any official, including mayors and governors, with no explanation needed.

Source: Xinhua


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