Moscow Mayor Luzhkov fired by Russian President Medvedev

By on Sep 28, 2010 in International, Politics Comments

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov was fired by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, BBC News reported today.

According to reports, a presidential decree was issued stating that ‘the president (Medvedev) has lost trust in him’.

The 74-year old Moscow mayor who has been in office since 1992 is reportedly one of the most powerful politicians in Russia, and is a senior member of the pro-Kremlin United Russia party.

Apparently, Yuri Luzhkov was even being eyed as a possible future president of Russia, before Vladimir Putin surfaced ten years ago.

However, the Moscow mayor is allegedly being accused of corruption, while his wife, Yelena Baturina was said to become one of the world’s richest women, during his tenure.

In the last few months, Mayor Luzhkov apparently publicly challenging his president and seem to be trying to create a gap between President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

In line with this, Moscow Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin was appointed by the President as the acting mayor, reports say.

But while Mr. Medvedev is now on a China visit, Mr Luzhkov is reportedly on Austria but said he ‘would not step down voluntarily’.

According to the constitution in Russia, the president has the power to fire appointed and elected government officials.

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