Ten Russian governors face resignation
The change of regional heads will continue until the next election, political scientists say.
Resignations of the governors will continue - about ten heads of regions may lose their posts, Vedomosti writes citing political analysts and the interlocutors close to the Presidential Administration.
Thus, political scientist Vitaly Ivanov expressed the opinion that before the next elections, heads of the Lipetsk and Kursk regions Oleg Korolev and Alexander Mikhailov will leave their posts. And they are the so-called long-livers, they led the regions during 20 and 18 years respectively. In addition, Ivanov is sure that after the September elections, the heads of regions in the Far East and in the Vladimir region have no chance to keep their posts.
Political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko suggested that several governors will resign within a month and that there will be only five layoffs. He also notes that the reason for his resignation may include a long-term in the post of Head of the region.
In turn, the source close to the administration clarified that several resignations are possible in the fall, but a wave of dismissals is expected in the spring. At the same time, it is indicated that the autumn layoffs began earlier than planned.
Previously, Dozhd learned about the possible resignation of Head of the Altai Republic Alexander Berdnikov. According to some reports, Boris Dubrovsky, the head of the Chelyabinsk region, Marina Kovtun, the Governor of the Murmansk region, and Rustem Khamitov from Bashkortostan, Yuri Berge, Orenburg region, and Alexey Kokorin, Kurgan region, will not keep the post.
In 2019 the terms of office of 16 governors expire.
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