Novgorod Governor announces early resignation
Sergei Mitin has been the region’s governor since 2007.
Novgorod Region Governor Sergei Mitin, whose term ends in October 2017, announced his intention to leave the post earlier.
"This year my governorship ends. My life has been inextricably linked to Novgorod for almost 10 years. I decided not to run for the governor’s seat. I gave an advance notice to the Russian President, asking if he would give me a new assignment", he told reporters, stressing that it was a "much-considered and a carefully-weighed step."
Mitin has been the region’s head since 2007.
Previously, the local media had reported that Andrei Nikitin (CEO of Agentstvo Strategicheskih Initsiativ - Agency for Strategic Initiatives) could take Mitin’s place, which Novgorod authorities have denied as rumors.
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