High-profile environmentalist Yevgenia Chirikova, who has unsuccessfully run for mayor of the Moscow suburb of Khimki, said on Tuesday that the mayor-elect was inviting her to join his team but that she had made this conditional on his withdrawal from a project involving the partial destruction of a historic pine forest.
"[Oleg] Shakhov is inviting me with amazing persistence to work in his administration and send in my resume," Chirikova told a news conference at the Interfax headquarters in Moscow.
She said Shakhov was the initiator of an agreement to ban widening Leningradskoye Shosse, a current Moscow-St. Petersburg motor road, in a bid to encourage the use of a planned toll road between the two Russian cities that would cut through the Khimki Forest.
"I replied that I would be only able to send my resume to that administration if Shakhov removed his concessionaries from the Moscow-St. Petersburg highway project, otherwise I wouldn't be able to work with him," Chirikova said.
Earlier, Shakhov said the supposed deal to put a 30-year ban on widening Leningradskoye Shosse had been scrapped and advised Chirikova to "be more attentive in reading documents."
All rights reserved by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
to our newsletter!
Get the week's best stories straight to your inbox