Moscow to cut 1,000 civil service jobs in 2012

The number of Moscow officials will be cut by some 1,000 next year, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Thursday.

About 2,000 civil service jobs were cut in Moscow over the past year, the mayor told journalists. Currently, the number of Moscow officials stands at 24,000, he added.

Sobyanin became Moscow mayor in October last year, after his predecessor Yury Luzhkov was fired by President Dmitry Medvedev “over loss of confidence.” The Moscow government saw significant shifts after the new mayor took office.

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