Russian city cancels elections in move to oust maverick mayor

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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