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SAME TWO JOBS ONE WORLD APART THE MAYOR OF MOSCOW AND THE MAYOR OF WASHINGTON DC William Dean Comparative Political Leadership Dr Peterson Fall 2000 MOCBA Moscow is a city like no other This ancient city of has seen the rise and fall of empires It has been the home of rulers and despots a token of war and an envisioned destiny for many Yet never has it seen the likes of the last decade The center of power for the worlds largest country Moscow is something of a powerful symbol a center of power and in its most simple form a municipal city Yet this is the great intangible mystique of Moscow The physical city and its leaders are more than just leaders and she is more than just a city At the center of the daily management of Russias most important city is the Mayor of Moscow Unlike what the West considers a mayors job Moscows mayor goes far beyond just managing the city He is not simply an elected municipal leader He reports directly to the President of Russia He is inherently virtually a Muscovite dictator and national political bear And though Russia shrugged off Communism it certainly hasnt installed an established and lasting system especially at the municipal level This has left the Mayor of Moscow with unprecedented power to do as he sees fit especially as long as Moscow continues to experience prosperity untouched by the rest of the nation Following the collapse of the Soviet Union no Russian icon has changed more than the city of Moscow Though there is only one real dynamic figure to take this office Yuri
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