Veteran head of Moscow metro resigns: official

7th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

The long-serving head of Moscow's metro has resigned, leaving the post at his own request, a spokesman for the mayor, said Monday.

Dmitry Gayev headed Moscow's sprawling subway system since 1995 and was seen as a close ally of former mayor Yury Luzhkov, who enjoyed unprecedented control over the city until his dismissal by the Kremlin in September.

A spokesman for Moscow's new mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Gayev had left voluntarily.

His departure comes after the country's chief prosecutor called on Sobyanin in December to dismiss Gayev for profiting from royalties on inventions in which he played no part.

Unlike the capital's clogged streets, the city's fabled metro remains the most popular and reliable transportation option, though overcrowding and poor ventilation have increasingly become a concern.

© 2011 AFP

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