Dagestan Head to resign

Dagestan Head to resign
Ramazan Abdulatipov

The Head of Dagestan, Ramazan Abdulatipov, will leave his post in the framework of a new wave of governors' resignations.

He was urgently summoned to the Kremlin to discuss resignation of the successors, two sources told RBC.

Head of Dagestan Ramazan Abdulatipov was urgently summoned to the Presidential Administration, where he was offered a number of posts and a prospective successor was discussed with him.

"It was unexpected for him, no one knew it. Abdulatipov expected to work till the end," said the source of RBC surrounded by the head of the region. "Abdulatipov was asked if he had any thoughts about who could temporarily perform the duties. He said that he had no preferences," the source added.

On September 27 Ramazan Abdulatipov wrote a resignation letter, a source close to the power structures of the republic said.

Tamara Chinennaya, a spokeswoman for Abdulatipov, was not available for comment at the time of writing the material.

Previously, RBC's sources in the Kremlin reported on the possible resignation of about 10 heads of regions.

The day before RBC sources surrounded by the Head of Dagestan denied the article of newspaper Vedomosti about his possible resignation, saying that such reports had appeared for four years and had not been confirmed yet. According to the source of RBC, rumors about the resignation of the head of Dagestan have appeared since September 2013, when Ramazan Abdulatipov was appointed to this post. "We call it "the phenomenon of Abdulatipov", the source said. "So far, no such rumor has been confirmed," he remarked.

At the same time, the interlocutor of RBC said that Abdulatipov was at that time on a two-week vacation. "If the dismissal was being prepared, the head of the republic would undoubtedly be aware of it, as he would have been warned, and he would hardly have left for vacation," the second source close to the administration of the republic said to RBC. According to him, if the decision was made, "there would be panic."

"Half of the local administration is still communicating with Magomedsalam [Magomedov. - RBC], and he sits in the Kremlin, and probably he would signal to his people. But there is no panic," the source said. One of the sources of RBC added that the head of Dagestan was sure that he would be warned in advance about his dismissal and would be allowed to "work off it mediaily" accordingly.

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