Support The Moscow Times!

Mayor: City, Party 'Rolled Into One'

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin explicitly admitted that City Hall was supporting United Russia, but insisted that it was done within the limits of the law.

Sobyanin made his statement when asked by the Itogi weekly about campaign ads by the ruling party, which are a carbon copy of street billboards to promote the December vote paid for by the city.

"I see nothing illegal in these coincidences," the mayor said in an interview with Itogi published Monday. "But why beat around the bush? … In Moscow, city and party authorities are rolled into one, we work on the same tasks and questions. And it would be strange for the city administration and ruling party to have different slogans."

The mayor, who heads United Russia's Moscow branch, added that there was "no ill will" in the story, but avoided commenting on whether city election authorities failed to act impartially when they allowed United Russia use their billboard design.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more