It is a Heyday in the Russian Press…

I am ignoring the Western press because all they can do is try to analyze what is happening in Russia and with that they have failed miserably. But the Eastern press is going all different directions and it is a Heyday in the Russian press…

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Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who was sacked on Tuesday by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, plans to appeal in court, according to Interfax. RT

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Russia’s Supreme Court has not received any complaints from Moscow ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov over his dismissal, despite media reports that he plans to appeal the decision, a court spokesperson said on Wednesday. RIA

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Independent Russian magazine The New Times published late on Tuesday a copy of a letter written by sacked Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev a day before he was dismissed. RIA

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Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s abrupt loss of the president’s confidence and his ensuing departure from office could be seen as sensational news, as he seemed the consummate survivor; on the other hand, there was no other way out of the situation. RIA

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This is the letter that Yury sent to Medvedev and Medvedev’s office swears that it had nothing to do with the firing…

Just click each photo to read… (Russian Only!)

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Russians have mixed feelings about Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said on Tuesday.

Thirty-three percent of the respondents described Luzhkov as an efficient manager, who did a lot for high living standards in Moscow. The opinion was mostly voiced in the Central Federal District (42%) and the North Caucasus (40%) and by supporters of the Communist Party and the Just Russia Party (39%).

Thirty-four percent have the opposite opinion. They think that Luzhkov failed to resolve city problems and Moscow successes resulted from the status of that city. As a rule, that opinion was voiced by representatives of the Liberal Democratic Party (46%).

Sixty-two percent of the respondents described Luzhkov as strong-minded (62%) and energetic (61%). Fifty-five percent called him competent, and 52% said he was broad-minded. Forty-three percent said he was an amicable person, and 38% called him intelligent. Forty-nine percent said Luzhkov was corrupt, 48% called him cunning and 44% defined him as “a politician inclined to intriguing.”

The poll was done on September 18-19, 2010. The center polled 1,600 adults in 140 cities, towns and villages in 42 regions. The error keeps within 3.4%.

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Yury Luzhkov skipped a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, following the announcement of his dismissal as mayor of Moscow. He reportedly stayed in his office until lunchtime, receiving his aides and members of the Moscow legislature.

He left City Hall a few hours later, refusing to comment on his dismissal to the media.

Earlier in the day, Luzhkov reportedly filed his resignation as a member of the ruling United Russia party. The head of the party’s central executive committee, Andrei Vorobyov, told reporters it had been dated as September 26, two days before Luzhkov was fired.

Luzhkov had been the mayor of Moscow since 1992. A mass campaign against him had been going on in state-run media over the past few weeks, and law-enforcement agencies have repeatedly tried to bring him to justice for condoning corruption in the upper echelons of Moscow’s City Hall.

Luzhkov’s dismissal comes just a week after his 74th birthday and a day after his return from a brief vacation in Central Europe. One of his former deputies, Vladimir Resin, was appointed as acting mayor. And Moscow’s current Cabinet will have to go along with Luzhkov.

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What I sense from the people I see in Moscow, is that enough people really like Mayor Yury and that this could be detrimental to Medvedev. The wind is blowing the gossip that Mayor Yury may be in the running for president. So in effect the Russian news is trying to portray the fact that Yury should have done a better job of working with Medvedev…

Putin has made a few statements but as I have said in the last few months. Putin has allowed Medvedev to do his own thing and sink or swim on his own…

That is enough, don’t you think?


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