Resignations day – who is next?
July 28, 2016 was the last working day for many officials: in a few hours the leadership of the country removed from the office the Head of the Federal Customs Service Andrey Belyaninov, as well as governors of Yaroslavl and Kaliningrad Regions, and the Head of Sevastopol.
On the morning of July 28, the order for dismissal of Andrey Belyaninov was published on the website of the Russian government. The official recently became a defendant in the case of smuggling. The statement mentioned that the new Head of the Federal Customs Service would be the Presidential Envoy in the North-Western Administrative District Vladimir Bulavin.
Shortly afterwards, Putin dismissed Yaroslavl Region Governor Sergey Yastrebov and appointed Dmitry Mironov in his place, who previously held one of the senior positions in the Federal Protective Service (FSO). There is currently no information regarding Yastrebov’s next appointment.
At the same time, the Russian leader has replaced the Head of the Kaliningrad Region – Yevgeny Zinichev took the office instead of Nikolay Tsukanov. Previously, Zinichev served as a Head of the Federal Security Service (FSB) in the region.
Putin has transferred his Envoy in the Crimean Federal District Oleg Belaventsev to the same position in the North Caucasian Federal District. Sergey Melikov, who previously worked in the North Caucasus, was appointed the Deputy Head of the Russian National Guard. After that, the President merged the Crimean and Southern Federal Districts and appointed the incumbent Governor of the Southern District Vladimir Ustinov as the Head of the new one.
Sevastopol Governor Sergey Menyailo was also dismissed. The President appointed him as his plenipotentiary representative in the Siberian Federal District. The Deputy Head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Dmitry Ovsyannikov was appointed as acting Sevastopol Governor.
Putin also sacked Kirov Region Governor Nikita Belykh, who is currently under investigation, due to loss of confidence. The Head of the Federal Service of State Registration, Land Register and Mapping Igor Vasilyev was appointed as acting Head of the region.
Later, it was reported that Mikhail Zurabov was dismissed from the post of extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine.
The suicide of prominent politician and businessman Yuri Kotler has hit the headlines last week. Some people believe that he has laid hands on himself because of bankruptcy and career failures. Others suggest conspiracy theories, imply that it was not a suicide, and remind that Kotler was employed with a structure controlled by brothers Magomedov. Still others refer to his psychological problems originating from the childhood... But was his suicide note interpreted correctly?