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The Kremlin: Corruption in Moscow under Luzhkov was prohibitive

The Kremlin responded to the attacks of Yuri Luzhkov, revealing the motives for his resignation

26 Oct 2011, 14:36

Text: Maria Suslikova


The head of the presidential administration Sergei Naryshkin called another reason why Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov had last year with the scandal to leave office. As it turned out, she was the exorbitant level of corruption committed by the mayor and his entourage during the 18 years stay in power.

On Wednesday, the head of the Kremlin administration Sergei Naryshkin told more about the reasons why a year ago President Dmitry Medvedev to dislodge Yuri Luzhkov as mayor of Moscow.

According to Naryshkin, the resignation with the formulation “in connection with loss of trust” was due to two reasons.

“First, extremely inefficient city management and, secondly, the exorbitant level of corruption admitted by Luzhkov and its environment”, – said the head of the Kremlin administration, reports “Interfax”.

Statements Naryshkin voiced following a series of critical remarks came from the mouth of the former mayor to the authorities. Luzhkov, in particular, has linked his resignation with the fact that Moscow, according to him, was a tasty target for people who much already “sawed” in Russia.

The TV channel “Rain” Luzhkov said yesterday that the attack on the Bank of Moscow should be associated with his resignation. According to the former mayor, in addition to such political dissatisfactions that beset our President against the mayor of Moscow”, the decision on his dismissal could affect the Federal industrial groups interested in acquiring assets from the Moscow government.

“Now we see a mad cut. I can’t say specifically who is involved in this,” – said Luzhkov.

The former mayor offered to look to the customers a share of the mayoralty in “Mosmetrostroy”, Sibir Energy, Vnukovo, and Moscow Bank. As Luzhkov is convinced, all these objects are sold only beneficial for the buyer, “because the city, having in this case some money, lose future profits”.

Speaking about the sale of the Bank of Moscow, Luzhkov noted that the state’s actions concerning the Bank was some hasty action without asking, without control, without analysis of what is in the Bank, what are his problems which he has loans. According to the former mayor, the sale of the Bank was “involved in the literacy and focus against the former management of the Bank.”

As previously reported the newspaper VIEW, the former mayor of Moscow called the investigative Department of the interior Ministry for questioning as a witness on criminal case about plunder of 13 billion roubles in Bank of Moscow. According to investigators, the funds the loan allocated to the company “Premier estate”, appeared in the accounts of Luzhkov’s wife Elena Baturina, who owned a construction company “Inteko”.

The ex-mayor has already sought legal help to the President of Lawyer chamber of Moscow Henry Reznik. Luzhkov himself said that is located in Austria. In the near future, will make a presentation at an international medical conference in Spain, and in November plans to return to Russia to talk with investigators.

Note that the day after Luzhkov failed to appear for questioning at the investigative Department of the MIA in the case of the money of the Bank of Moscow, Medvedev ordered Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin to submit proposals on bringing to responsibility of the Federal and capital officials illegally transferred at one time intended for the embassies of land in Moscow.

Prosecutor General Yury Chaika was instructed to check the legality of the registration of ownership of land, and if there are grounds to take action.

In turn, the wife of the former mayor of Moscow Elena Baturina has said that he owns a plot of land on the West of the capital, which, according to Federal authorities, was intended for the construction of diplomatic missions abroad, legally and accused the Federal agencies in an attempt to capture part of this area, RIA “Novosti”.

We will remind, Luzhkov was dismissed as mayor of Moscow in September 2010 in connection with loss of trust of the President.

Expert comments

Pavel Salin, Director of the Center for political studies, Financial University under the government of
Luzhkov is now a very wide freedom of maneuver. The question is whether he will go to the aggravation of the conflict with the authorities or not. Read more.


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