Tight competition for leadership of St. Petersburg

Russia’s leading party has presented three candidates for the post of St. Petersburg governor.

They comprise the current interim mayor, an acting deputy mayor and the head of the general court of the city.

The city’s last mayor, Valentina Matvienko, who headed St. Petersburg for eight years, has stepped down after she was offered the position of the Federation Council speaker.

The new governor will be chosen by the president who will submit the name to parliament for approval. The decision is expected by the end of August.

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