|Xinhua photo shows Chinese President Hu Jintao and Dmitry Medvedev in Beijing in 2008.|
Medvedev finally fired Yuri Luzhkov - this was not a resignation. The Moscow mayor explicitely refused to resign, and Medvedev relieved him of the position citing "loss of trust" which should mean the end of an official career.After the jump I have posted a video report on the firing.
Interestingly, Medvedev fired Luzhkov while on his first state visit to China (which is a curious event in itself - it started from the former imperial outpost in Dalian and the former Russian trading town Harbin). The irony of the moment seemed to be in that from now on, all important decisions for Russia may be made in Beijing.
The more important part of the China visit was a series of energy agreements (a major oil pipeline was officially launched, a bunch of other oil & gas and nuclear energy agreements signed) - the Chinese are willing to invest heavily in the energy infrastructure, which probably means a continued stream of petro-yuans to the Kremlin corporations for the foreseeable future... Medvedev's next stop is the Shanghai World Expo where he's supposed to open the Russia pavilion.