Moscow ex-Mayor Luzhkov yet to challenge his dismissal

12:10, 29 September 2010
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Russia`s Supreme Court...

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, according to RIA Novosti.

State Duma Deputy Iosif Kobzon, who is also a singer and close friend of Luzhkov, said on Wednesday that the ex-mayor wanted to appeal President Dmitry Medvedev`s decision to fire him.

"Luzhkov told me yesterday he was going to appeal the president`s decision in court," Kobzon said.

The mayor can only challenge the president`s decision in the Supreme Court.

Medvedev fired long-serving Moscow mayor Luzhkov on Tuesday, saying he had lost confidence in him. The decision came after an unprecedented smear campaign by state-backed TV, accusing Luzhkov of negligence, callousness and corruption.

Commentators say Medvedev`s sacking of Luzhkov, formerly one of the most powerful politicians in Russia, may have been a bid to boost his authority ahead of the 2012 presidential elections.

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