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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzkhov Will Run

MOSCOW -- Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov, a strong potential contender for president, said Friday he plans to seek re-election in December's mayoral race, a news report said.

Speaking to faculty and students at Bauman Technical University, Luzhkov said he planned to run again for mayor and named his current deputy Valery Shantsev as his running mate, Interfax reported.

Luzhkov successfully petitioned the city legislature in June to move the mayoral election up from next summer to December, which would allow him to run in next year's presidential election, as well.