Last week we asked, “Did Bigoted Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov Just Write His Own Undoing By Flaming President Medvedev?” The answer: Yes. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev just canned the prick.
After Luzhkov openly attacked Medvedev in a newspaper op-ed, claiming Russia needed a stronger leader moving in the 2012 presidential “elections,” and the Kremlin-controlled media countered with its own assault on the “no gay prides in my town” mayor, Medvedev gave him an ultimatum: step down or get fired. Yesterday Luzhkov gave his answer: Screw yourself. He said he has “no plans to leave of my own volition.”
So the president fired him — which the Russian leader, evidently, has the power to do. (Really, he does: Russia’s constitution grants the president the power to remove regional leaders.) And which Medvedev did in absentia; the president was on an official state visit to China when the signed decree came out, removing Luzhkov from his post, which he’s held since 1992.
Part of me thinks: HOORAY! THAT JERK IS FINALLY OUT OF OFFICE! HE’S BEEN TERRORIZING MOSCOW’S GAYS FOR DECADES! And the other part of me thinks: Does anyone think Luzhkov’s successor — to be named by President Medvedev — is going to be any more gay friendly?