"Yury Mikhailovich [Luzhkov] has done a lot for the development of Moscow and is to a certain degree a symbol of modern Russia," Putin told reporters, according to Interfax. "However, it is perfectly obvious that the Moscow mayor had a conflict with the president, and in the meantime the mayor reports to the president, not vice versa."
Luzhkov canceled a TV appearance scheduled for tonight and has yet to comment on what is most likely the end of his political career, a career that has angered many as he demolished historical buildings, cracked down on public protests and described homosexuality as "satanic." .
"Lawlessness, destruction of monuments, tyranny, blatant corruption...dashed all the good that has been done by the mayor in office," the liberal party Right Cause said in a statement posted on its website With no elections in Russia for regional governors (the mayor of Moscow is equivalent to a governor), Medvedev will name the next mayor who will take over this city of more than 10 million. In the meantime Deputy Mayor Vladimir Resin is in charge, a man who last year topped a list of public officials with exorbitantly-priced watches with a $1 million timepiece.