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Former Russian Opposition Activist Takes Post In Moscow Mayor's Office

Maria Gaidar (right) attends an Ekho Moskvy party with Nikita Belykh in 2008.
Former leading opposition activist Maria Gaidar, the daughter of former acting Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, has taken a post as an unpaid adviser on social issues in the Moscow mayor's office.

Gaidar will work for Deputy Moscow Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov.

Gaidar was a longtime opposition leader, heading the Moscow party list for the opposition Union of Rightist Forces in the 2007 Duma elections.

In 2006, she and opposition figure Ilya Yashin unfurled a large banner from a Moscow bridge calling for free elections.

She served as deputy governor of Kirov Oblast under former opposition leader Nikita Belykh from 2009 until 2011.

Gaidar's father, Yegor, served as a reformist acting prime minister of Russia from June to December 1992 under President Boris Yeltsin.

Based on reporting by and Interfax