Federal Guards Service helps St. Petersburg new acting governor hide from press

Federal Guards Service helps St. Petersburg new acting governor hide from press
Georgy Poltavchenko and Alexander Beglov Photo: Konstantin Zavrazhin / RG

Alexander Beglov looked confused and would not talk to the reporters.

There was a trilateral meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin, St. Petersburg new acting governor Alexander Beglov and the resigned city head Georgy Poltavchenko. Beglov and Poltavchenko looked confused: apparently, the reshuffle was a surprise even for them. MK said that when asked whether he will run for the St. Petersburg governor in September 2019, Alexander Beglov looked up in surprise and asked: “Run for what again?” After the meeting with the President, Poltavchenko and Beglov tried to hide from the press and FSO officers helped them do it.

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin appointed a new head of St. Petersburg, offering Georgy Poltavchenko to head the board of directors of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). Alexander Beglov, the presidential plenipotentiary in the Northwestern Federal District, will replace him, as follows from a presidential decree.

Alexander Beglov and George Poltavchenko were both born in Baku, studied in Leningrad, and started their career in the city. Beglov worked in the construction for a while, then headed St. Petersburg’s Kurortny District . He was elected vice-governor of the region in 2002 and became the acting head of St. Petersburg after Vladimir Yakovlev had left in 2003. When Valentina Matvienko left the mayor’s post in 2011, he was considered as one of the likely successors. Lately, Beglov has been serving as presidential plenipotentiary in the Northwest Federal District.

Vladimir Putin offered Georgy Poltavchenko to head the board of directors of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). He had become mayor in 2011.

Yesterday, TV host Ksenia Sobchak, said she might run for St. Petersburg governor after her failed attempt to fight for the presidency.

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