Another governor reshuffle expected right after presidential elections
The Kremlin named five persons that are likely to get fired.
Another governor reshuffle is expected right after Russian presidential elections, which will be held on March 18.
Several regions of the country will get their leaders removed: the Vladimir Region, the regions of the Far Eastern District - Yakutia, the Khabarovsk Region, the Magadan Region and Chukotka.
Informed sources in the presidential administration told Znak.com that there is no definite list yet, so the decisions on the upcoming resignations will be taken after the elections. The sources say that the resignation of the Vladimir Governor Olga Orlova may happen for several reasons, including people's protests over the Kirzhach incinerator project, the conflict over the construction of a new pig-breeding complex and the dismissal of Vladimir Nagorny, who used to head the regional Rosselkhoznadzor (the veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog).
The Yakut governor Yegor Borisov had become involved in the scandal aboard an Aeroflot plane flying from Moscow to Yakutia. Borisov’s wife and assistant Yevgeny Shipanov were with him that day.
The Khabarovsk Governors Vyacheslav Shport and Magadan Governor Vladimir Pecheny have simply reached the retirement age, and the Chukchi leader is "just tired", political scientists say.
According to political scientist Andrei Kolyadin, the list could grow from five to eight people and everything will hinge on how the election campaign will go.
Political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko believes that the decisions on the governors will be taken along with other personnel decisions after the elections: presidential administration, government and state corporations will all face changes.
Alexander Kravtsov, Oleg Varlamov (Varkamov) and Mikhail Marasigyan (Marsikyan) have been charged with drugs and psychotropic substances trafficking. A citizen of Ukraine, Yuri Tribusyan (Tribasyan) was also detained.
Documents on granting rewards to the Red Army soldiers during the Great Patriotic War emerged on the website of the Ministry of Defense in the public domain. Financial incentives were provided for special military services including wrecked tanks.