Matvienko refused to become head of St. Petersburg for a month
Matvienko enlivened exciting facts from life for the sake of a documentary project called “Valentina.”
The speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, said in the film of the TV channel Rossiya 1 that President Putin had to entreat her to take the chair of the governor of St. Petersburg. Persuasion, according to Matvienko’s memoirs, took a month, after which Putin managed to get her consent.
Matvienko enlivened exciting facts from her life for the sake of a documentary project entitled “Valentina,” timed to coincide with her 70th anniversary.
“Within a month, once a week, he called me and asked: “Well, have you thought up?” I say: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, I ask you, I am madly in love with the city, but still, let's make another choice” said Matvienko.
The speaker said that the agreement had to be given after she was personally summoned to the Kremlin to meet with Putin. “Stop resisting, you have to go to the election,” Matvienko quoted the president.
Putin’s support, according to Matvienko, was logically explained by extensive civil service experience and knowledge of the city. In 2003, Matvienko worked as a permanent representative of the president in the Northwestern Federal District. Matvienko left the post of governor only in 2011.
General’s son Mikhail Sal’nikov, Professor of the Department of Theory of Government and Law at the St. Petersburg University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of the Russian Federation, has been detained for real estate fraud. Amid other corruption crimes hitting the headlines, this offense does not seem a high-profile one. But the point is that this is not the first criminal case instituted against professor Sal’nikov, and he is not the only relative of MIA general Viktor Sal’nikov having problems with the law.