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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yastrzhembsky Resigns

MOSCOW -- Sergei Yastrzhembsky, a former spokesman for Boris Yeltsin, has resigned as deputy head of the Moscow city government, Interfax reported.

The report, citing Deputy Mayor Valery Shantsev, said Yastrzhembsky resigned Monday. The report did not state a reason for the resignation and telephone calls to the Moscow mayor's office were unanswered.

Yastrzhembsky became a familiar face worldwide in his two years as spokesman for the president. Yeltsin fired him in September 1998 after Yastrzhembsky pushed for Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov to be named prime minister. He became Luzhkov's chief official for Moscow's contacts with foreign governments and with other Russian regions.

He also became head of TV Tsentr, a job he will keep, Interfax reported.