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Friday, February 23, 2018

Putin puts the self-proclaimed “elite” to “public people”

Most of the ten appointments made in the higher echelon of the Russian government in one day, boiled down to the moves horizontally or vertically. But there are new faces, also clearly identified a new source of personnel reserve of the FSO, which is one of the most serious secret services of the state. From all this we can draw several important conclusions.

The appointment and resignation, announced Thursday, are not something unique – the President periodically conducts a series of personnel decisions, that is, in one package. But have permutations of the current there is additional background, which provided them with increased attention – and not the ongoing pre-election Duma campaign.

Vladimir Putin needs at the head of the regions, those in whose honesty there is no doubt”

It is, of course, also influenced by the time of the publication of some of today’s decisions – but not in the sense that “the authorities need to show people that it is fighting corruption”. This argument for many years, like a mantra, I repeat “fighters against the regime” – in any retirement, boarding or corruption, they say, first, this is just a show and simulation, and secondly, you need in order to mislead voters and thus to raise the rating authority.

What sort of rating you need to raise Putin has long been clear – and it is ridiculous to think that it adds any significant value PR component in its personnel policy and the fight against corruption. The rating of “United Russia” has little to do with Putin – so that even the party seriously help so impossible. The factor of elections affected now very different way – a change of governors (including the dismissal are in jail Belykh) was postponed to the moment when early elections were to be held this September.

It’s not manipulation – just, apparently, decided not to overload the large-scale autumn campaign, during which it will take place not only parliamentary elections, but the elections of heads in seven regions. And most importantly – people, now appointed as acting Governor, there will be no two month a year in order to show their voters (and the Kremlin) his ability to lead the region.

Especially in the current appointments of the heads of the regions – a renewed leadership of the four regions are clearly identified in part existed before the trend: the appointment of “Varyag”, that is, people not from the region. This practice was widespread and Imperial, and in Soviet times – and it began to return in the middle of zero. And it especially has gone in recent years – because that was the way to break corrupt ties and mutual responsibility of local elites. However, only the case that “Varyag” is a strong and principled man.

As a rule, moving horizontally from one region to another – but practice and the secondment to the regions of Federal officials, both former Ministers, and those for whom the appointment of the Governor becomes higher.

Now none of the four acting Governor is not associated with the local elites, and for all it’s not so much the increase in the ranks much in the literal sense of the word, the confidence of the President. You have the opportunity to showcase your managerial skills as a “first person” – Yes, at the regional level, but this is more than serious. Two of the four appointed were Deputy Ministers (which in some cases quoted, does not lower the Governor’s chair), one by the head of the Federal service, and the fourth – the head of the regional Department of the FSB. Two of the four KGB – that was the reason for the statements in the spirit of “the President puts his personal guard.”

If KGB the call was in power in the early noughties (including in the regions – in the following years, there were a few governors that came from the FSB), now we are talking about the third in this year’s appointment of former employees of the Federal security service, or rather even of the security Service of the Russian President. It is not the guards of Putin – although some of them started as “lechnica”. SBP, the FSO performs not only security functions but also, for example, analytical. That is, “provides security” the head of state in the broad sense of these words. Naturally, this is one of the most closed Russian special services and its employees enjoy the full confidence of the President.

From the leadership of the SBP and the FSO came out and the General Zolotov, who became chief of the National guard, a new power structure formed on the basis of Internal troops of the interior Ministry. Several of its employees in recent years, gone on increasing in various government and three of them were governors. The first was sent to Tula Alexey Dyumin, and today in Yaroslavl was appointed Dmitry Mironov, and in Kaliningrad – Evgeny Senichev.

While two of them came in regions with high posts: Dyumin was Deputy Minister of defence, Mironov worked in a similar position in the interior Ministry, and one (Sinchew) a year ago was placed at the head of the regional Department of the FSB in Kaliningrad region. The governors, as well as all the regional elite, in the last three or four years subjected to strict anti – corruption pressure from the Kremlin- suffice it to recall that since last spring he has been arrested three active chapters in the region.

The last story happened a month ago with the Kirov Governor Belykh and although specifically assigned to Kirov not a strength, it is clear that in calling people who had been at the FSO, there is a very important anti-corruption component. Vladimir Putin need in those regions whose integrity is no doubt – such people are recruited both from social movements through the “popular front” (for example, the Governor of the Volgograd region has become in the past year, the former head of the Executive Committee of the popular front Bocharov), and from the power structures.

And it’s not just “security officers” – because due to the mass appeal of the power of this concept has also been blurred. The FSB itself now passes through the cleansing of the ranks – while continuing to be a major turnaround for all other security forces. The recent change of leadership is hardly key in the fight against corruption of the economic security Service of FSB have contributed to such landmark events as the arrest of several leaders of the Investigative Committee, and, quite possibly, affected the progress in the smuggling case against a St. Petersburg businessman Mikhalchenko, in which this week were searched from the head of the Federal customs service Andrei Belyaninov. The former head – because today it became known that the General dismissed from the post he held for ten years. Until dismissed.

By the way, it seems that the story of TCF and has led to “batch” the publication of today’s personnel decisions. The search Belyaninov (which so far is a witness in the case Mikhalchenko) led to his care – and although, as you say, the head of the FCS itself for a few months was asked to resign and nominations for his replacement certainly was selected, yet very the dismissal was sudden.

And the appointment in his place of the envoy in the Northwest Federal district Vladimir Bulavin has set in motion a chain of displacements among the envoys and partly of governors – appointment to the place Bulavin, Governor of Kaliningrad Tsukanov was released post of the head of the field. Has long been preparing for the retirement of General Nikolai Rogozhkin, presidential Plenipotentiary in Siberia, whose seat was transferred to working as the Governor of Sevastopol Sergey meniailo. His colleague in the Crimea, the presidential envoy to the Crimean district Oleg Belaventsev was transferred to the presidential envoy in the North Caucasus region, whose head, General Melikov became the first Deputy commander of the National guard (his return to his native former Internal troops was quite predictable). Crimean Federal district was abolished – which is also not surprising, given the temporary, the period of adaptation to Russia, the nature of his existence.

As rotation of personnel horizontally from region to region and stiff anti-corruption purge in the most seemingly proven frames as the secondment to the regions Federal officials with experience in intelligence and visual confirmation of the Kremlin’s slogan “we have no untouchables” are all manifestations of the same work. Work on updating, cleaning and nationalization of managerial nomenclature, bringing it out of the self-proclaimed “elite” to “state people” who are trusted by the Kremlin and the people. The work that now Putin is, along with the geopolitical struggle, the most important and complex.

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