Putin appoints World Kickboxing Champion Batu Khasikov as new head of Kalmykia
The current head of Kalmykia has resigned.
The multiple world champion in kickboxing and ex-deputy of the People’s Hural of Kalmykia, Batu Khasikov, has become the new head of the republic. Vladimir Putin has signed the decree on his appointment.
Former Acting Head of Kalmykia, Aleksey Orlov, has resigned, TASS reports with reference to his press service.
Batu Khasikov is a Russian kickboxer and multiple world champion. He represented Kalmykia in the Federation Council from 2012 to 2014, and before that, he was a member of the Kalmyk parliament.
Earlier today, Head of the Altai Republic Aleksandr Berdnikov also resigned. He stressed that it was a “voluntary resignation.” Oleg Khorokhordin, head of the board of the non-profit partnership GLONASS and deputy head of the secretariat of Deputy Prime Minister Maksim Akimov, was appointed acting head of the region.
The sources of Vedomosti and Proekt previously said that up to six governors could resign in spring. Kalmykia and Altai were in the list of those regions where, according to Vedomosti, rearrangements were to occur.
Several new criminal cases against corrupt officials have been instituted in Dagestan. The high-ranked suspects include Abdulmedzhid Suleimanov, ex-Mayor of Izberbash; Amir Magomedov, ex-Head of the Izberbash Administration; Magomed Dzhelilov, Head of the Derbent District; and El’dar Karagishiev, Head of the Babayurt District. In the past, all of them were suspected of similar crimes – but somehow managed to get off the hook. The new arrests occur amid the anti-corruption campaign in the republican law enforcement structures. What are the true reasons behind the new wave of the personnel purge? Can the anti-corruption slogans conceal a fierce battle waged by local clans for redistribution of assets with the purpose to create a new ‘untouchable’ elite in Dagestan?