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My favourite quote so far on the loss of Luzhkov:

“It is sad that in Russia there is not the custom of saying goodbye to someone, and thanking them for what they have done and not just on a whim.”  –Alexander Krutov, Deputy, Moscow City Duma


Written by Nina Jobe

September 28, 2010 at 2:12 PM

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  1. Here’s my favourite quote so far on the loss of Luzhkov:

    “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out”.

    While Luzhkov doubtless had his supporters, he was hardly fired on a whim. He disagreed, volubly and publicly, with the president in a country that…sort of expects loyalty. He booked off for pleasanter climes when his city was filled with choking smoke and barely inhabitable, without a thought (apparently) for Muscovites who had no choice but to remain, and then was arrogant (through his spokesman) with the press for daring to ask him what the hell he thought he was doing and did he realize how bad it looked. He declined to resign when he was offered a (likely lucrative and dignified) way out, and more or less dared the president to fire him. Then he continued to show up for work, ignoring the decision, after he was fired.

    Not too many presidents anywhere would have put up with Luzhkov. And not many would shed tears on the sacking of the husband to Russia’s richest woman. I don’t expect to see Luzhkov selling pencils on the street corner anytime soon.


    October 20, 2010 at 3:42 PM

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