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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiriyenko Slams Luzhkov Again

Former Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko, who is planning to run for mayor of Moscow, lashed out Tuesday at incumbent Yury Luzhkov, describing his leadership as authoritarian and ineffective.

"This is not a struggle against Luzhkov, but against the administrative-bureaucratic system that he personifies for the future of Russia," Itar-Tass quoted Kiriyenko as saying on a trip to the northern city of Arkhangelsk.

Luzhkov is considered a top prospective candidate in the 2000 presidential election, although he hasn't yet declared his intention to run.

In an interview with the weekly Moscow News, Kiriyenko described Luzhkov's leadership as based on "clans" and immune from public control.

"If the same system expands to all of Russia, it will become a state of fear," he said. "Luzhkov pretends to be an alternative to the current system, but the model of government he proposes shows virtually no difference from the authoritarian system of [President Boris] Yeltsin. Yeltsin today is Luzhkov tomorrow."

Luzhkov has shrugged off previous accusations by Kiriyenko, pointing out that the ex-premier had provided no facts to back his claims. He also suggested that Kiriyenko's mayoral bid could have been encouraged by Yeltsin's inner circle, which he said was plotting to weaken him and smear his reputation.

Kiriyenko has denied any links with the Kremlin.