Media: Tuleev resigns
Earlier it transpired that the Governor of the Kemerovo region once again extended his vacation, which was planned for 10 days and began in the end of May.
The Governor of the Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleev, appealed to Vladimir Putin with a request for early dismissal, FlashSiberia reported referring to a source associated with the head of the Region.
The reason, according to the source, is "certain health problems", which, however, "do not cause serious worries with doctors."
Earlier, the Governor of the Kemerovo region once again extended his vacation, from which he was supposed to return on June 19. On May 22, Tuleev decided to take a break for 10 days. He has not appeared in public since April. The local media reported that the governor was undergoing medical treatment in Germany. Kommersant said that by doing that, the Kuzbass Head wants to mark the 20th anniversary of his reign in the Region, which will come on July 1. According to the publication, the Russian President’s Administration did him a favor in this case. Later, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that he did not have information about Tuleev's imminent resignation.
During Tuleev’s holiday, First Deputy Governor Vladimir Chernov performs the duties of the Head of the region.
The possible resignation of Aman Tuleev, the longest among the heads of the regions in his post, has being discussed for a long time. In 2015, there were articles arguing that the secretary of the General Council of Yedinaya Rossiya (United Russia), a native of Novokuznetsk, Sergey Neverov, was to take Tuleev's place. However, on the eve of the election, the President appointed Tuleev as the acting Governor, and soon the political ‘long-liver’, with the huge support of the voters (96.69%), won the election again.
Last year, the chair under the head of the Kuzbass Governor once again began to stagger when first deputy governor Maxim Makin was forced to leave his post. The law enforcement agencies then began auditing the company Teploenergo, where he worked for almost 15 years. And later, a criminal case was initiated against other members of Tuleev's circle: the vice-governors, Alexey Ivanov and Alexander Danilchenko, as well as head of the department of administrative bodies Elena Troitskaya, were accused of extortion. The list of suspects included three security officials: the head of the Investigative Committee’s Investigations Directorate for the Kemerovo Region, Sergey Kalinkin, the deputy head of the second department for the investigation of especially important cases of the Investigations Directorate in the region, Sergey Kryukov and the senior investigator of said department Artemy Shevelev. Tuleev said it was an attempt to exert pressure on him.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).