Moscow Mayor Luzhkov Loses Feud With President Medvedev

"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." .

Medvedev Will Name Next Mayor of Moscow

"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.

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