Thursday, 11 February 2010

Medvedev keeps shuffling regional leaders

President Dmitry Medvedevt nominated new governors to Krasnoyarsk region, Khanty-Mansiisk, Dagestan and the Jewish Autonomous Region as part of his course of refreshing the governors' corps.
State Duma member Natalia Komarova, 55, will head Khanty-Mansiisk Autonomous Region in Siberia to become the second female governor in Russia after the head of St Petersburg Valentina Matvienko. Kommersant daily said Komarova's gender was an argument for Medvedev in making his choice. Medvedev has said on several occasions that there should be more women at high official and corporate posts.
The gubernatorial job in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region freed up after Alexander Khloponin was dispatched by the Kremlin as a powerful envoy to the troubled North Caucasus in January 2010. His replacement, 45-year-old Lev Kuznetsov, had been vice-governor of the region until 2007.
Alexander Vinnikov, 55, mayor of the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, Birobidzhan, will become governor of the far-eastern province bordering China.
Magomedsalam Magomedov, 46, nominated for the post of the Dagestani president, is the son of the North Caucasus republics former leader Magomedali Magomedov, who left the post in 2006.
Last week 52-year-old Rustam Minnikhanov took the president's post in Tatarstan replacing veteran Mentimer Shaimiyev, who ruled the region since the Soviet Union broke up in 1991.
This year the terms of 30 regional governors including Kalinigrad head Georgy Boos, Aman Tuleev of Kemerovo region and Perm's Oleg Chirkunov will expire.
In the first two years in power, Medvedev has replaced over 20 percent of governors. He has said he favoured limiting the stay in gubernatorial jobs by three four-year terms.
Nine out of 83 Russian regional governors have been in power for more than 15 years.

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