Russia's Elected Mayors - a Dying Breed

Russian democracy hit a grim milestone this week when Evgeny Roizman, the independent-minded mayor of Russia’s fourth largest city of Yekaterinburg, resigned from his post in protest. The mayor’s frustration was understandable: He was being forced to oversee a vote by local lawmakers to formally abolish elections to the post he had campaigned for and - against all odds - won as an opposition candidate back in 2013. "Since I was elected by the city's residents, I defend the interests...

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