Moscow’s current mayor Sergey Sobyanin – appointed by the Kremlin in 2010 and reelected in 2013 - is seeking another term.
In 2012, the territory of Moscow more than doubled with the stroke of a pen. Rapid construction is underway to accommodate the a burgeoning population, putting a strain on the environment and rural communities.
Regional elections in Russia have been marred by nationwide protests over the Kremlin's pension reform plans. Several supporters of detained opposition leader and Putin foe Alexei Navalny have been arrested.
A deadly thunderstorm has damaged homes and toppled hundreds of trees in and around Moscow, while also disrupting air traffic at nearby airports. Officials described the event as "unprecedented" for the Russian capital.
A taxi driver has admitted falling asleep at the wheel and plowing his car into pedestrians near Red Square, injuring eight people. He told police that after working for 20 hours, his foot mistakenly hit the gas pedal.
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