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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Popov exchanges blows with Council members

Mayor Gavriil Popov said Thursday that the reason city administration officials accept bribes is that they are left out of the privatization process, the Interfax press agency reported.

Interfax quoted Popov as saying corruption among city officials is on the rise because the privatization model now being applied "actually excludes them from the process of the formation of a class of proprietors".

As the former mayor spoke about corruption, a group of deputies from the conservative Russkoye Yedinstvo parliamentary block were forming a commission to investigate Popov for corruption.

Meanwhile, Moscow City Council believes it already has precisely that, saying that Popov could not resign without their permission.

On Wednesday, city council deputies decided not to accept the resignation of Popov. Instead, the council found Popov in violation of federal law for retiring before the end of his five-year term. Deputies voted to demand of Popov a full report of his year in office with an official request to resign, warning him of the consequences of not abiding by their request.

The council also requested President Boris Yeltsin to officially name a candidate to replace Popov.