List of future ex-governors by Kremlin to be made soon
A number of criteria will be taken into account when making the list. First of all, there will be the rating of a leader and the state of economy.
An internal department of the Presidential Administration headed by Sergey Kiriyenko will make a list of regions, which may be in need to replace a governor. The Dozhd TV channel citing its sources in the Presidential Administration reported this.
According to the sources, the list will include regions, where a governor should remain on in their post, and those regions, where a decision on a candidacy of a governor yet to be made.
When making the list, a number of criteria will be taken into account. First of all, there will be the rating of a leader and the state of economy. The evaluation method of state of the economy is being developed.
According to Dozhd, heads of regions, which will be decided to save their posts, "will stop to be nightmarized for sure (with threats of dismissal)." On the other hand, in some cases, heads of regions will need to be changed: in case of a major problem staying of such a governor will undermine public confidence in the President.
TASS sources also reported on the plans to make such list of governors. According to sources, the process will take one to two months, later the list will be submitted to the President in the form of a report.
The list of governors to remain in their posts "will be small", according to TASS. In 2017, 15 elections of heads of the regions are scheduled in Russia.
Regional elections, as reported by Dozhd, RBC and Interfax, will be held under the control of a new curator from an internal department of the Presidential Administration.
The Administration, responsible for election campaign in the regions, will start working by the end of 2017, Interfax source told. The Head of the Administration will become an official serving as the Deputy Head of the Office for Domestic Policy under the Russian President.
The new governmental entity will have no deputies responsible for regional policy, according to RBC. This sphere to be under personal control of Head the Office for Domestic Policy Andrey Yarin.
In October 2016, Sergey Kiriyenko was appointed the Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration; he is responsible for domestic policy. He replaced Vyacheslav Volodin, who became the State Duma speaker. Along with Volodin, a number of key employees of the Presidential Administration were transferred to the lower house of the parliament as well.
In late November, Kommersant reported on discussion of a major reorganization in the Presidential Administration, including plans on reducing a number of departments by half (now there are 21). The sources in the Presidential Administration denied this information.
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