Arkhangelsk region governor to vacate office due to low rating

Arkhangelsk region governor to vacate office due to low rating
Governor of the Arkhangelsk region Igor Orlov

According to the results of March polls, Igor Orlov ranks third among the governors, whom residents want to replace the most, and fourth in terms of citizens' distrust level.

Igor Orlov, Governor of the Arkhangelsk region, may vacate office as part of another rotation of regional heads, RBC reports citing three sources close to the presidential administration. The planned rotation of governors takes place twice a year - in the fall and spring.

According to RBC sources, Anatoly Artamonov, Governor of Kaluga region, Vasily Golubev, Head of Rostov region, as well as Sergey Sitnikov (Kostroma region), Vladimir Ilyukhin (Kamchatka Krai), Alexander Levintal (Jewish Autonomous Oblast) and Sergey Gaplikov (Komi) might also face dismissal. Concerning the latter three, there has been no decision yet, the publication's interlocutors say.

According to closed polls conducted for the presidential administration in October-November 2018 and in March 2019, Igor Orlov is among the top five governors with the lowest rating among the population. From October to March, the assessments of Orlov’s activities by residents of the Arkhangelsk region have decreased by 18%. In the spring, the Governor ranked third among the heads of regions, whose dismissal residents most look forward to, and fourth in terms of citizens' distrust level.

According to the sources of the publication, the negative attitude of the Arkhangelsk region residents to the construction of a solid municipal waste landfill at Shiyes station has affected Orlov's rating. It was expected that waste from Moscow would be taken to the region. Preparations for the landfill construction began in 2018 and sparked public protests.

In May 2019, President Vladimir Putin made a speech on the landfill construction at the All-Russia People's Front forum. He stated that such decisions could not be taken without taking into account the opinions of people, and promised to talk to both Orlov and the Moscow Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin.

According to one of the interlocutors of RBC, the reason for Orlov’s imminent vacation of the post lies not in the construction of the landfill in Shiyes, but in the failed management system built by him. The region is close to losing control, there is a mess in the elites, said the publication's source.

Orlov’s term of office expires, and the key question for the government is whether he is elected or not, said political scientist Vitaly Ivanov. According to the expert, the answer is unequivocal because of Shiyes - Orlov is not elected. Ivanov added that the next head of the region would not be able to oppose the construction of the landfill, but it would also be difficult to support it.

 

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