Corrosion of Metal leader to contest Khimki mayorship

Leader of the Corrosion of Metal rock band Sergei Troitsky nicknamed "spider" is planning to run for mayor of Khimki, a north-western suburb of Moscow.

"We will participate in the election. We have collected part of the documents and are going to apply for registration in a few days, and then we will be collecting signatures," Troitsky told Interfax on Monday. He said he had a few ideas to offer.

"For example, to give all local government pots to Germans because our officials are all thieves. Also, every resident will have his share of dividends from the town's commercial projects," he said.

He also suggested introducing a luxury tax as a means of replenishing the local budget.

Seven would-be Khimki mayors have applied for registration so far: Khimki forest defender Yevgenia Chirikova; self-nominee Sergei Khodorev; member of the Russian Industrial Corps political party Alexei Aleynikov; self-nominees Vladimir Yenikeyev, Tatyana Dmitriyeva and Yuri Pozdnyakov; and Green party nominee Alexei Gusenkov.

On August 15, the press service of the Moscow governor confirmed former Khimki Mayor Vladimir Strelchenko's resignation. Oleg Shakhov was appointed acting Mayor.

The election is scheduled for October 14. Most opposition parties, including Yabloko, backed Chirikova's nomination.

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