Federation Council Chairman: governors' purge to continue in 2018

Federation Council Chairman: governors' purge to continue in 2018
Valentina Matvienko

No more resignations this year. But next year the rotation of heads of regions will continue - both planned, and for other reasons, Head of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko considers.

The Chairman of the Federation Council noted in an interview with RBC that, in particular, the rotation of those heads of regions whose powers will terminate soon, but they will not go on for another term, will continue. According to Valentina Matvienko, "rotation for other reasons is also possible."

The Head of the Parliament upper house did not mentioned the names of potential retirees, noting, "she can only guess". At the same time, Matvienko urged the media in the matter of possible personnel changes also to show "more balance and tact". According to her, the media forecasting the resignation of governors harm their effective work.

"Because the lame duck is always bad," she concluded.

Matvienko positively assesses the gubernatorial experience "in the trenches" and does not rule out that after leaving their posts many of the heads of regions could become senators, as they are able to work effectively with federal legislation.

Recall that two weeks ago, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak announced the termination of governors’ purge till the presidential elections in March 2018. However, following the results of inspections currently being conducted by the authorities, new resignations of representatives of the regional leadership could follow.

It is worth noting that in 2017, personnel reshuffles at the governors’ level affected 19 Russian regions. Heads of regions were replaced in Adygea, Perm Krai, Buryatia, Novgorod and Ryazan regions, Mari El, Karelia, Udmurtia, Samara and Nizhny Novgorod regions, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Dagestan, NAO, Primorsky Krai, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Oryol, Ivanovo and Pskov regions.

Explaining the massive rotation of governors Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it was aimed at creating a "new gubernatorial corps from young, promising, modern people."

The President stresses that resigning on his/her own does not mean that he/she is dissatisfied with the work of the departing governors.

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