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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The resignation of the Samara Governor became “first signs”: the Kremlin has a plan

Vladimir Putin has continued to update governors: Monday is Nikolay Merkushkin, acting Governor of the Samara region became 47-the summer Senator Dmitry Azarov. If all goes according to plan, next year he will join the company of young and energetic technocrats that will surround Vladimir Putin, if he decides to go for another presidential term. Most likely we are talking about another batch of resignations at the scenario 2016-2017, when they were replaced by 16 governors.

He Merkushin, saying goodbye to the region, hinted that it did not last: the Kremlin has a long list of outsiders.

photo: kremlin.ru

The first bell for the political veteran (and Merkushkin became the first Governor in 1995) rang in December 2015, when after the assault of the security forces and uncovered abuses at Vladimir Putin canceled a planned visit to Samara oblast. The Governor understood the signal properly and wisely even canceled the traditional message of the local Duma, but that time had passed.

All of 2016, the region was torn apart by the scandals associated with delays of salaries to employees of the enterprises (desperate people even tried to block the Federal highway M-5), a lack of money and delays the construction of the stadium for the world Cup. At the beginning of 2017, the number of dissatisfied joined the local seniors: due to problems with the budget (and the national debt region in recent years has increased to 70 billion roubles) of government abolished free travel on public transport and social benefits to working pensioners.

He Merkushin on the growth of dissent responded, frankly, not very adequately. He once publicly stated that the protest in the region fuels the U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft. And the question is, when will be finally repaid the debts on wages, in a raised voice said, “never”, triggering a storm of indignation in social networks, not only in Samara.

Add to this that Merkushin during the elections to the state Duma were serious complaints in the Central election Commission, accused the regional administration to use the administrative resource. And all ratings of governors since last year he was one of the last places. (By the way, his closest neighbours, in particular the head of Buryatia Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn and head of the Perm region Viktor Basargin, lost their jobs in the early years.)

The media also wrote about the conflict merkoushkin and all-powerful head of Rostec Sergei Chemezov, which was considered to be taking advantage of the proximity to the President, plays not the last violin in regional politics.

Anyway, since the samarians lived with his Governor without love, the breakup, apparently, will be without sorrow. Ex-Deputy of the state Duma from the Samara region Alexander Hinstein and opposition Deputy of the local Duma Michael Matveev has congratulated inhabitants of the region with “deliverance from the yoke”. “I see in advance how the crowd of officials lining up to Dmitry Azarov and tell me how long they waited and how I suffered before,” he tweeted Khinshtein.

It is noteworthy that the appointment of acting Governor, the former mayor of Samara Senator Dmitry Azarov was as predictable as the resignation of the merkoushkin. Among the possible candidates his name became known even in 2015, and here at the finish line, he confidently beat competitors, using, apparently, its main advantage is the familiarity with the specifics of the region and proximity to local elites.

Not difficult to see that Azarov fits and other requirements that the Kremlin imposes new appointees. The young technocrat (he’s 47 years old) local but worked in the Federal structures. Loyal: since 2009, Azarov is included in the personnel reserve of the President in early 2017, over the heads of more deserved of United Russia, was introduced in the Presidium of the General Council of the ruling party. In addition, Azarov has extensive electoral experience, in the lead up to the election campaign of 2018 is also an important advantage in the eyes of the Kremlin.

Experts believe that the current personnel decision of Vladimir Putin opens a series of seasonal changes in the Governor’s case, the leaks about the inevitability which are received from the AP immediately after the results of the last election.

On Tuesday, as expected, it can be declared resignation of another political veteran — the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region Valery Shantsev. In his place, claim a host of young technocrats who are nationals of state corporations, ministries and government. They say that his man in the area wants to appoint a Deputy head of the AP Sergei Kiriyenko, who was in the Bottom and started a business there in the 90s.

Also in the list of possible outsiders are head of Ivanovo, Murmansk, Novosibirsk, Omsk oblasts, the Nenets Autonomous Okrug (NAO), and Krasnoyarsk and Altai territories, as well as two subjects in the North Caucasus.

The scenario tested in early 2017, the retirement of a held package — one a day for a short period of time. By the governors they become known for three or four days (so, according to sources, 20-21 September, Putin met with Merkushin, entrenching and Krasnoyarsk Tolokonsky), but the press-service deny all rumors until the appropriate information on the Kremlin website. Then set aside the Governor holds a press-conference on which reports on achievements and saying goodbye to the area. It is noteworthy that Merkushin could not resist and at the briefing violated the established practices by announcing a new resignation:

There will be action on other governors, he said. — There is a list, I suppose.

Regardless of the actual results of its activities all retirees receive state awards. And, most importantly — no one goes nowhere. For example, Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn Sergei Mitin became senators Buryatia Republic and Novgorod oblast, a former head of the Perm region Viktor Basargin, head of the Federal Agency for transport supervision.

The more exotic the position of the Kremlin came up with for Nikolai Merkushkin: it was the President’s special representative for cooperation with the world Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples. Nothing like the Russian table of ranks until recently did not exist, especially since the Congress still does not show — it is a social structure with a clear cultural bias, far from politics. However, some conspiracy theorists were quick to declare that the Kremlin de is very much concerned with loyalty to the Finno-Ugric peoples, and therefore Merkushin actually given a great trust.


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