On May 10, the governors of the Republic of Mari El, Kirov, Ryazan, Saratov and Tomsk regions announced their decision to leave office ahead of schedule. Putin accepted their resignations and appointed interims
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees on the appointment of interim heads of the Republic of Mari El, Kirov, Ryazan, Saratov and Tomsk regions.
- Yuri Zaitsev, Chairman of the Government of Kalmykia, has been appointed Acting Head of the Republic of Mari El.
- Acting Governor of the Kirov Region— assistant of the Kremlin Department for ensuring the activities of the State Council Alexander Sokolov.
- Acting Governor of the Ryazan Region— head of Rosstat Pavel Malkov.
- Acting Head of the Saratov Region— chairman of the government of the region, vice-governor Roman Busargin.
- Acting head of the Tomsk region— Vladimir Mazur, deputy head of the Kremlin Department for Internal Policy.
In each of the documents, the president accepted the resignation of the previous head of the region with the wording “of his own free will.”
On May 10, five governors announced their early resignations. These are the governor of the Kirov region Igor Vasiliev, the head of Mari El Alexander Evstifeev, as well as the heads of the Tomsk, Saratov and Ryazan regions Sergey Zhvachkin, Valery Radaev and Nikolai Lyubimov.
After leaving office, Vasilyev announced that he intended to continue working at the federal level. Radaev said he plans to focus “on another area of work,” without specifying which one. Zhvachkin recalled that he recently turned 65 and that the law limits governors to two terms of service. Lyubimov expressed the hope that he would be able “in this difficult time” be useful to the country in a new position, without specifying what position it is.
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Earlier, two sources familiar with the discussion of the issue told RBC that an assistant to the Kremlin Office for Ensuring the Activities of the State Council, Alexander Sokolov, could be appointed to the position of the Kirov governor. Before joining the presidential administration, Sokolov worked as vice-governor of the Kostroma region and chairman of the National Council of Youth and Children's Associations of Russia.
In addition, RBC sources reported that it was the head of Rosstat, Pavel Malkov, who was the main candidate for the post of governor of the Ryazan region . Malkov headed Rosstat in 2018, before that he worked in positions in the Ministry of Economic Development, including holding the post of director of the department of public administration of the ministry.
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