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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mayor Popov: Is he resigning?

A news report of the impending resignation of Mayor Gavriil Popov surfaced in Moscow on Thursday, but the mayor's office was unavailable for comment and the report could not be confirmed.

Only Interfax carried the announcement of the purported plans of the mayor, who has threatened several times previously to step down from his increasingly embattled position.

"He is expected to send in his resignation to the Moscow City Council tomorrow, Friday June 5", Interfax said.

But Thursday's announcement was met with surprise in the City Council. Alexander Popov, spokesman for the City Council, called the report "a rumor", while Dmitri Katayev, a chairman of the council's commission on the press, said the report was "just not true".

The mayor's office could not be reached for comment.

After Popov's last resignation announcement in December, he received extra powers from President Boris Yeltsin, including control of the city's real estate.

Albert Ryvkin, chairman of the Moscow Development Institute and a close associate of Popov, said the mayor could be considering resignation to head off a possible voteof no confidence by the City Council.

But Katayev denied that such a vote was even being considered.

"That is the first I have heard of it", he said.