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Published on Sep 28, 2010
President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday fired Moscow's strongman mayor Yury Luzhkov, dramatically ending an 18-year rule that transformed the Russian capital but also attracted bitter controversy. The merciless sacking -- one of Medvedev's boldest moves since coming to power in 2008 -- came after the mayor was lambasted by the Kremlin for his aloof handling of the summer wildfire crisis that blanketed Moscow in smog. Duration: 01:54.