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On Tuesday, Mayor of Moscow Yury Luzhkov spoke to students at Moscow State University, saying Russia was on the brink of revolution
Experts believe the mayor's statement is a maneuver in the standoff between different groups of the political elite, writes Noviye Izvestia. Luzhkov reminded his audience about the street rallies that took place across Russia early this year. Referring to an article written by Lenin, The Development of Capitalism in Russia, the mayor said what was happening in Russia today was reminiscent of the events described in it. The mayor suggested that if the relevant conclusions were not drawn, Russia could face major upheavals and may even lose its statehood. Luzhkov then said he would not run again for the mayor's office or for the presidency. Political analysts were quick to take up these comments. Vyacheslav Nikonov, the president of the Politika foundation, said Luzhkov had mentioned these ideas before in speeches and publications, so his university speech would hardly be a cause for debate within United Russia or in the Kremlin. Nikonov says the mayor is a leader of a ruling party that is far more pluralistic than other political parties today. Stanislav Belkovsky, the director of the Institute of National Strategy, shares the mayor's concerns. He believes the prerequisites for a revolution in Russia do exist. He even suggested that Luzhkov might emerge as a leader of mass protests in Moscow. "He is not afraid of the Kremlin, rather the opposite is true," Belkovsky said. The expert believes the political rationale of the mayor's statement is obvious. However, Dmitry Oreshkin, who heads the Merkator analysis group, believes Luzhkov was not speaking about a popular uprising, but a revolution among the elite that has already begun. Oreshkin says it will undoubtedly bring changes to the current political system, while the nature of changes depends on those who have undertaken to oppose theauthorities. Luzhkov was deliberately directing his comments against his political rivals.
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