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

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.

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