Survey indicates support for dismissal of Moscow mayor

13:28, October 07, 2010      

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A new survey says 66 percent of Russians support the presidential decision to dismiss former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov.

The survey released Wednesday by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed that the majority of those who approved the move were communists and members of the ruling United Russia party, with an average age above 35 years old.

Meanwhile, about 13 percent of those surveyed, mainly supporters of parties excluded from the Russian parliament, opposed the Sept. 28 dismissal of Luzhkov by a presidential decree that cited a loss of confidence.

Only 35 percent of Muscovites agreed to the dismissal, with another 39 percent opposed to the move.

The survey was conducted in 46 regions across Russia on Oct. 2-3.

In other news, Luzhkov's former first deputy Vladimir Resin, who was appointed acting mayor, officially became a member of the ruling United Russia party on Wednesday.

The party was due to submit a list of candidates for the mayoral post to President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday.



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