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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Luzhkov Reappoints Senior Members of His Old Team

Mayor Yury Luzhkov has reappointed three of his four first deputy mayors after dismissing the city government earlier this month, a City Hall source told Interfax.

Luzhkov, who was inaugurated for a fifth term earlier this month, has reappointed city social services head Lyudmila Shvetsova, construction chief Vladimir Resin and economic policy and development head Yury Roslyak as first deputy mayors, the source told Interfax on Thursday.

Only communal services chief Pyotr Aksenov was not reappointed, Itar-Tass reported Friday. Luzhkov replaced Aksenov with Pyotr Biryukov, who had previously been the prefect of the Southern Administrative District, Itar-Tass said.

A City Hall spokeswoman said she could not confirm the reports Friday.

City laws stipulate that the mayor must dismiss his government on the day of his inauguration. City legislators and analysts have said this latest reshuffle could be used to pave the way for Luzhkov's eventual Kremlin-backed successor to a senior City Hall post.

In an impromptu -- and uncharacteristically critical -- speech at Luzhkov's July 6 inauguration, President Vladimir Putin compared Luzhkov to an orchestra conductor who could not get his musicians to play in unison.