The Rise and Fall of Local Self-Government in Petrozavodsk
This article examines the causal mechanism which resulted in the recall of Petrozavodsk city mayor at the end of 2015. The analysis shows that the leading role in this outcome was played by the regional authorities. They decided to remove the Petrozavodsk mayor after their failure to control her actions in office. The key step towards the implementation of this decision was elimination of the autonomy of the local political elites, who supported the mayor. The regional authorities replaced popular mayoral elections in the city with the appointment of a city manager to assure their political control in the future. This case study demonstrates that the survival of mayoral gov-ernance and the direct mayoral elections in the cities of Russia depend on mayoral loyalty to the regional authorities.