Perm Governor says regional Administration resigns amid confrontation with FSB

Perm Governor says regional Administration resigns amid confrontation with FSB
Perm Governor Viktor Basargin

The FSB have questioned the Governor's closest ally, Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Demchenko.

At a closed session of the Government, the Governor of the Perm region Viktor Basargin said that he planned to disband the regional Administration and abolish the post of its Prime Minister. It also became known that Viktor Basargin is going to personally lead the Government, Kommersant reported.

These innovations in the executive branch come on the eve of the election of the Governor of the Perm region, which will be held in September 2017. Basargin said that he intended to participate in the election should he receive the President’s approval.

The announcements were amid the attack of the security forces. One of Basargin’s main supporters, Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Demchenko, is pursued by the FSB. A few hours before a private meeting, he was sent for questioning as a witness in a criminal case on abuse of power against Minister of Transport Almaz Zakiev. Demchenko failed to attend the meeting because he was held in the interrogation room until late at night.

Almaz Zakiev is suspected of lobbying the interests of traders at the auction for the construction of a road. As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, certain data implies that Zakiev had been a close friend of the governor’s ally Oleg Demchenko.

Citing a source in the Administration of the Perm region, Kommersant wrote that according to one of the theories, the actions of the FSB like that demonstrative interrogation of Oleg Demchenko, can be explained by the opposition between Viktor Basargin and the newly appointed Head of the regional FSB Department Viktor Zadvornov.

Political analysts say that the campaign launched by the FSB is unlikely to seriously affect the position of Viktor Basargin, who is currently extremely unpopular as it is.

Perm region leads in the number of arrests of officials in 2016. In addition, all four of those arrested were the ministers of the regional Government — Transport Minister Almaz Zakiev, Minister of Physical Education and Sports Pavel Lyakh, Ministry of Communications Yevgeny Baluev, and Minister of Construction and Housing Viktor Fedorov.

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