The pro-Kremlin party, Fair Russia, has excluded Leonid Korotkov, former governor of Amur Oblast, from elections to the city council in the regional capital, Blagoveshchensk.
Fair Russia’s regional branch had hoped that Korotkov, a well-known politician in the Oblast, would help Fair Russia do well in the elections. However, the party’s leadership in Moscow made it clear to the local politruks that this would be a big mistake.
Korotkov said the reason he was excluded from the party list was that he would have interefered with the plans of prime minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party to capture 75% of the votes in the local elections. “If somebody regards my candidacy so seriously, I would rather be alive than dead,” Korotkov said.
Vladimir Putin, then President, fired Korotkov from the post of governor of Amur Oblast in 2007 due to a loss of confidence. Prior to this, a criminal case regarding abuse of authority was brought against Korotkov, who had served as governor since 2001. The elections in Blagoveshchensk will take place on 11 October 2009.