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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Visits Ruined Hospital

Mayor Yury Luzhkov made a brief visit to Budyonnovsk on Thursday to begin carrying out President Boris Yeltsin's request that Moscow fund and oversee reconstruction of the city's ruined hospital.

The Moscow city government will supply Budyonnovsk with money, equipment and construction teams over the coming weeks, mayoral spokesman Igor Zverev said. Yeltsin asked Luzhkov on Wednesday to visit Budyonnovsk, the spokesman said.

Yeltsin chose the mayor because he "thought that Luzhkov could do the job," Zverev said. "It wasn't just that the president summoned him. The mayor took it upon himself."

Many other cities and regions are offering aid, although Moscow is taking one of the biggest roles, Zverev said.

One analyst said Yeltsin's reliance on the Moscow government was not unusual, considering the capital's relatively great budgetary means.