On October 26, the Tallinn branch of the Social Democratic Party, governing the city in coalition with the Centre Party, chose Vladimir Belobrovtsev as their candidate to the post of deputy mayor of Tallinn, replacing Jüri Pihl, who walked out after the party congress chose Sven Mikser as the new party chairman.
Belobrovtsev (32) has a degree in law and was until now working as deputy elder of the city's Mustamäe district. He formerly worked as a journalist for the television channel Pervy Baltiiski, as editor-in-chief of the Russian-language newspaper Estonija and as an editor at the Delfi news website.
"I am a citizen, not a bureaucrat, and I'll strive to make the city government frendlier for the people," he said, citing parking problems and the fight against illegal taxis among his priorities.
Belobrovtsev refuse to compare himself with Pihl, although he said their cooperation in the past had been functional.
The new deputy mayor of Tallinn will be confirmed on November 18.