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Luzhkov, a strong move! Banker covered with a cap

September 28 2007

State Duma deputy, the main shareholder of the National Reserve Bank Alexander Lebedev, also known as his tough criticism of the government of Moscow, suggested to head the department created the strategic development of highways of the capital. Corresponding to a letter signed by First Deputy Mayor Pyotr Biryukov deputy arrived on Thursday.

"Due to your repeated statements in the media about the current problems in urban Moscow and, in particular, the quality of roads and traffic management, is clearly wearing a patriotic and civic nature, we are consulting with their colleagues, decided to offer you lead the strategic development department highways of Moscow, which will create targeted for implementation of your projects, "- said in a letter to Mr. Biryukov. In this case, a Moscow official promises that "this structure will be allocated a volume of 25 million rubles, of which you have repeatedly mentioned in your articles and speeches, and ... not be withheld from an ill-concealed sarcasm: "I also propose to do is let your newspaper tube" departmental edition of the newly created Department.

Mr. Biryukov is also hoped that Alexander Lebedev approve this proposal, because "in our view, this proposal is very timely, since the available information, at the moment you are not involved in the campaign as a candidate for the State Duma RF, and could send their creativity for the benefit of his native city of zeal for the prosperity of which you tirelessly represent. " "I hope that you came to work in the executive authorities of Moscow becomes the capital city of exceptionally high quality roads and the free movement of transport" - concludes Biryukov, in a letter.

State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein believes that it is a strong move by Luzhkov and co. "If there Lebedev will not do, it will mean that it is much weaker than Luzhkov. And if all goes well, then everything will depend on what he wants to Lebedev. If he really wants to work constructively, he finds it in a large volume . If he just wants publicity through conflicts, it is a road to nowhere "- he explained.

Alexander Lebedev, was indeed a very difficult situation. On the one hand it confuses present sarcasm in the letter, with another - also can not refuse. "Let's make pretend not to notice the ill-concealed sarcasm, and will proceed from the fact that government leaders in Moscow - are serious people. I mean, that says a pen - not cut down the ax - MP-banker wrote in his blog in " live journal. "- Ready to send" their creativity for the benefit of his native city "in any capacity - even the janitor, even though a locksmith, though guard policeman." However, he said that to solve the transport problems of the capital did not really need those 25 million rubles, because "he is willing to pay 10 times more, just to save us from the traffic nightmare in which all live." Mr. Lebedev also recalls that he "offered to provide the same street Lebedev to her example to show how it should be properly arranged traffic. Although it expressed doubt that it will actually work. "If this department is without authority, the plan is clear - to suffocate in his arms. 3-4 months to say: that's just the market, but did nothing. So what about the authority will negotiate on shore," - concluded the deputy.

Resident Politika Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov, also believes that "it is the political technique known as" choke in his arms. "Luzhkov made an attempt to neutralize Lebedeva, including it in his team. And now Alexander E. remains either accept or reject. In case of acceptance it loses its political face and the entire opposition. If he does not accept this invitation and continued to publish his opposition to the Government of Moscow newspapers, including those referred to "congestion", then he will be in the position of a politician who does not want to take responsibility for solving problems of Moscow ", - said the analyst. Understands is itself Lebedev, before which now faces two problems. First of all, he still has not decided on the choice of the party. Recall that the State Duma is the informal leader of the Moscow branch of A Just Russia, and also a member of United Russia faction in the State Duma. It seems that the Moscow-based banker, given the unfavorable situation in which there are "Socialist-Revolutionaries", does not overcome until the seven-percent election barrier to the State Duma, prefers to await the outcome of the election, after which will make its final choice. And in this respect sentence of the Moscow government has received a very good time for Alexander Lebedev, who understands that to delay a response and, hence, the choice is not worth it.

Dmitry Nosov


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