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PYATIGORSK, December 18 (Itar-Tass) — Mayor of the spa town of Zheleznovodsk Alexander Rudakov has stepped down after a check by regional prosecutors.
The prosecutors accused Rudakov of foot-dragging over the implementation of the programs to provide new housing for tenants of rundown residential buildings.
"It has been ascertained that in 2011-2012, the Zheleznovodsk mayor has not taken measures to control the implementation of the program to relocate citizens from hazardous rundown houses," a prosecutor said.
Municipal officials illegally extended the terms of the concluded contracts and so failed to meet the contracts' deadlines. By the end of 2011, two construction projects had not been finished and 318 persons had not been given new housing.
Similar violations occurred in 2012, which threatened to foil another construction project.
Rudakov had occupied various executive posts in Zheleznovodsk. He was elected mayor in March 2010.