Russian city cancels elections in move to oust maverick mayor / Российский город отменяет выборы в переходе к вытеснению мэрикера

Local politicians back appointee system in Yekaterinburg after mayor criticised Vladimir Putin

Yevgeny Roizman
 Yevgeny Roizman at a protest against the proposed cancellation of direct elections in Yekaterinburg. Photograph: Donat Sorokin/Tass

Politicians in one of Russia’s largest cities have cancelled an upcoming election in order to oust a mayor who opposed the re-election of Vladimir Putin.

Yevgeny Roizman, a maverick politician and social activist from the city of Yekaterinburg, has been in office since 2013 and has decried the Kremlin’s influence in local politics and Putin’s election to a fourth term in power.

On Tuesday local politicians voted overwhelmingly to cancel direct elections in Yekaterinburg, the fourth largest city in Russia, in favour of an appointee system by which Roizman is likely to be replaced with a more pliant voice.

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