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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Blasts Probe

Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov has called the Interior Ministry?s announcement that it has opened criminal cases against 30 city officials and the publicity surrounding it "political."

Luzhkov said the letter sent to him by the ministry last week mentions few concrete officials and refers to companies and organizations that "have nothing to do with the Moscow [city] government," Interfax quoted him as saying Monday.

Gazeta.ru reported that Luzhkov has accused Kommersant newspaper, which first ran the story and which is owned by Luzhkov?s political enemy Boris Berezovsky, of trying to instigate a scandal involving the mayor?s office.