Kremlin plans ‘selective’ resignation of governors

Kremlin plans ‘selective’ resignation of governors

No fall governors’ purge anymore. Resignations of heads of regions will be explained by age, or by health, or by the results of planned elections in September 2018.

The Presidential Administration does not plan a massive preschedule resignation of governors to a single voting day in September 2018, sources in the Kremlin tell RBC. Replacement of heads of regions may be ‘selective’ this year.

As The CrimeRussia previously reported, the change of governors can occur in several regions, its heads’ term of office expires this year; some of them may also retire by age (for example, 68-year-old Governor of Magadan Vladimir Pechenyi and 64-year-old Head of the Khabarovsk Territory Vyacheslav Shport and 74-year-old Governor of Kuzbass Aman Tuleev) or on their own.

One of the interlocutors of the RBC, close to the Presidential Administration, explains that there will be no fall governors’ purge anymore (then heads of the Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Oryol, Ivanovo, Pskov, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Primorsky and Krasnoyarsk regions, Nenets Autonomous District and the Republic of Dagestan left their posts). The previous wave of massive resignations, the source of RBC in the Kremlin notes, was necessary on the eve of the elections - to demonstrate the course of the presidential team for the rejuvenation of personnel. In addition, the interviewee explains the autumn wave of resignations with a number of reasons - in some cases it was federal center, in others - a conflict of elites that could affect the results of the presidential election.

This year, this situation is not foreseen, there will be resignations of the regional heads for health reasons or those who will be replaced "for extraordinary reasons": for example, if the Governor takes a bribe, political scientist Andrey Kolyadin says. In addition, there are problems with a number of appointed governors: not all of them are taken up by the elites of the regions, a source close to the Kremlin notes. According to it, Acting Governor of the Ivanovo region Stanislav Voskresensky and Acting Governor of the Novosibirsk region Andrey Travnikov face the resignation out of the conflict.

On September 2018, in a single voting day, elections will be held in 20 regions, RBC says. Direct elections will be held in 17 regions, and Nenets Autonomous District, Dagestan and Ingushetia heads will be elected by legislative assemblies. In 12 regions, which heads left their posts in the autumn of last year, early elections will be held, in 8 others they are scheduled. Heads of regions, where scheduled elections should be held, will be replaced, political scientist Vitaly Ivanov says.

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