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INSIGHT - RUSSIA - Luzhkov's gaff and Med's backlash

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5522988
Date 2008-12-16 17:42:29
**everyone is talking about this, so no one source...
but if I had to source it...
ATTRIBUTION: Stratfor sources in the Kremlin

Luzhkov just made a public (and dangerous) gaff by coming out on an ORT
talk show in favor of the election of the Russian Federation's governors
and presidents of republics by direct universal suffrage. The Kremlin has
not wasted time in responding to the Mayor of Moscow's statement. Dmitri
Medvedev qualified the hypothesis of a return to the previous status quo
as unrealistic and unacceptable. "If this system is not to the liking of
certain regional heads, they should understand that they are not private
individuals and they may send me their resignations". The unusually hard
tone of the President's statement caused surprise and fed new discussions
on the future of the capital's Mayor. The most logical period is in Autumn
2009 when the city's council is up for election. One of the scenarios that
comes up most frequently in discussions in Moscow is that of a merger of
the capital with its region, the latter headed by Boris Gromov, who also
is not very popular with the Kremlin. A heavyweight would then be
appointed to head the new
authority and particularly cited are Sergei Ivanov and the secretary-
general of the government Sergei Sobyanin.

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
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