Medvedev to decide powerful Moscow mayor`s fate: Kremlin

President Dmitry Medvedev will decide the fate of Moscow`s powerful Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who is accused of massive corruption, a Kremlin official said on Wednesday.

Updated: Sep 15, 2010, 20:49 PM IST

Moscow: President Dmitry Medvedev will
decide the fate of Moscow`s powerful Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who
is accused of massive corruption, a Kremlin official said
on Wednesday.

"It is up to the president to decide whether
Moscow`s mayor continues in office. In accordance with Russian
laws, the issue of the continuation of Moscow mayor`s term is
not decided by Luzhkov," RIA Novosti reported quoting a
highly placed Kremlin source.

Yesterday, Luzhkov, accused by state TV channels of
massive corruption, said that he was not going to resign from
his post.

The mayor, who has been in office since 1992, is
allegedly at odds with Medvedev. Their conflict is thought to
have its roots in a September article by Luzhkov in the
Rossiiskaya Gazeta government daily that hinted at criticism
of the Medvedev-Putin tandem.

Meanwhile, the Vedomosti daily quoting an unnamed
government official reported that a list of possible
successors had already been created.

Deputy prime ministers Sergei Sobyanin and Sergei
Ivanov, Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoiugu, and the former
governor of the Kaliningrad region, Georgy Boos, have been
linked with the job.

PTI