Friday, August 18, 2017

Yekaterinburg mayor seeks federal status for city

Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman recently voiced support for a proposal to seek federal status for the city, which would put it on par with major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The proposal comes following conflicts between the Yekaterinburg City Hall and the Sverdlovsk regional government on regional budget issues, The Moscow Times reports.

"Such a situation would remove all the conflicts with regional authorities, in particular concerning the budget, and would also present opportunities for the strategic development of the city and independence from the attitudes of regional officials," Roizman said, according to The Moscow Times.

City Duma deputies proposed the idea at a budget meeting. It was publicly opposed by Vladimir Pligin, the head of the state Duma's Constitution and State Affairs Committee.

Pligin said the move would require changes to the constitution that are "unlikely to be worthwhile," The Moscow Times reports.

St. Petersburg and Moscow are the only two cities with federal status, and they both have significantly higher populations than other Russian cities.