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The New Moscow Mayor Named

President Dmitry Medvedev nominated Sergei Sobyanin, 52, as a candidate for Moscow mayor on October 15.

The New Moscow Mayor Named

The deputy prime minister was selected from four hopefuls offered to the president by the United Russia Party, which has the majority in the Moscow City Duma. Along with Sobyanin the list of candidates included Transport Minister Igor Levitin, acting Moscow first deputy mayor Lyudmila Shvetsova and Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Region and the former Moscow vice-mayor, Valery Shantsev.

The Moscow City Duma will set a date to vote Sergei Sobyanin’s candidacy for Moscow mayor on Monday.

The decision will be taken at a meeting of the organizing committee of the Moscow City Duma, a source in the Moscow legislature staff told Itar-Tass on Sunday. “It will most likely be an extraordinary meeting with the secret ballot on the issue,” the source said.

Sergei Sobyanin’s likely appointment as mayor of Moscow could cause big problems for the Kremlin - even though some see it as a compromise choice.

Analyst Nikolai Petrov, of the Carnegie Centre in Moscow, felt that Dmitry Medvedev may have generated a new round of political strife between federal and local authorities.

But he added that Sobyanin’s move would also create “huge problems” for prime minister Vladimir Putin in the White House as he looked to replace an experienced colleague.

“His appointment as mayor would cause big problems for the Kremlin,” Petrov told The Moscow News. “He is playing the hero with the White House and is responsible for the regions and dealings with regional governors, which is extremely important.

“But his experience is great and his status is high.”

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