The governor of the Tomsk region, Sergei Zhvachkin, who was the first to announce his resignation, ruled the region for 10 years.
“This position of mine was supported by Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and I am very grateful to him for that,” the official said.
He thanked residents for their support and constructive criticism of his work in the office. Zhvachkin said that after the end of his governor’s career, he did not intend to leave the region.
“I turned 65 on January 20. Although all men are inherently male, I am still one of the oldest governors in the country. And of course, it is necessary to give way to the young people,” he said. – There is a law that limits the work of governors to two terms. I’m used to following the law. I have never looked for a vacuum and never will. Never hug a chair.”
Zhvachkin has been in office since 2012. He was re-elected for a second term in 2017, receiving 60.58% of the votes. Before becoming governor, he worked mainly in the oil and gas industry, headed the companies Tomskgaz and Tomskgazprom, and was also a deputy of the regional Legislative Duma.
The governor of the Kirov region, Igor Vasilyev, is also leaving his post. According to him, this decision is connected with the approach of his term of office. He said he intends to “continue to operate at the federal level”.
“My request to work for the development of the whole country was supported by Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin,” Vasiliev said on his Telegram channel.
He thanked the regional government and mayors for their joint work.
“Together we managed to achieve high results: new kindergartens and schools appeared in the region, we created all the conditions for the development of additional education. “We have laid a solid foundation for the further development of the healthcare system.”
Vasiliev previously headed Rosreestr and was appointed Acting Governor of the Kirov Region on July 28, 2016. In the early elections held on September 10, 2017, Vasilyev, nominated by United Russia, received 64.03 percent of the votes.
The head of the Saratov region, Valery Radaev, also announced that he was leaving his post ahead of schedule.
“For ten years I ruled the Saratov region. “In connection with the upcoming election campaign, I will not put forward my candidacy for another term for the regional presidency,” Radaev said.
He said he intends to “focus on another area of work.”
The governor thanked the people of the region for their joint work and support, and thanked Vladimir Putin for his trust.
Radaev became acting governor of the Saratov region in March 2012. In April 2012, deputies of the Saratov Regional Duma at an extraordinary meeting decided to strengthen Radaev with the powers of the governor. On September 10, 2017, he was elected governor of the Saratov region. 74.63% of the electorate voted for Radaev.
Republic of Mari El
Alexander Evstifeev, who has been the head of Mari El since 2017, also announced his resignation.
“Concerning the expiration of the mandate of the head of the Mari El Republic, I appealed to the President of Russia with a request to accept my resignation,” Evstifeev said.
The politician thanked the president and residents for their support of initiatives implemented in the republic over the past five years.
“We have achieved a lot and this is our joint success. I believe that the further dynamic development of Mari El will continue and will contribute to the well-being of our country, “he said.
Evstifeev took over the acting president of the republic after Leonid Markelov’s resignation in April 2017. In September 2017, he was elected president of the Mari El Republic, with 88.27% of the vote and a turnout of 43.62%.
Ryazan Governor Nikolai Lyubimov announced that he will not be nominated for the post of regional chairman for the next term. He also noted that his term of office is nearing the end.
“I am grateful to my team for their effective work, and to every Ryazan citizen for their help and constructive criticism. “I hope I can be useful to the country in a new position at this difficult time,” he said.
In early 2017, Lyubimov was appointed Acting Governor of the Ryazan Region by presidential decree; He was elected Governor on September 18, 2017.
New “Governor Fall”
In January, Vedomosti reported that the first governorship resignations could begin in the first quarter of this year, citing sources in the presidential administration. The publication did not exclude that up to nine governors could resign during this “season”. Direct elections for governor will be held in 14 districts this fall.
At the end of April, three simultaneous publications – Kommersant, RBC and Vedomosti – reported directly on the possible cancellation or postponement of the governorship elections, citing sources. According to Kommersant, several governors wanted to explore this possibility due to the current economic situation. The Kremlin stated that there was no such initiative and discussion.
Rostislav Turovsky, vice-president of the Center for Political Technologies, believes that the resignations in late winter – early spring provide an opportunity to prepare a new president for future elections. According to the expert, governors who have served long and who do not stand out with outstanding achievements have a higher chance of resigning.
Regional heads for the last time Retired en masse in the fall of 2021. Three governors subsequently left their posts. Heading the Yaroslavl region since 2017, Dmitry Mironov was appointed assistant to the head of state. The president also dismissed the governor of the Tambov region, Alexander Nikitin, and the head of the Vladimir region, Vladimir Sipyagin.
In 2017-2018, the most massive dismissal of regional heads took place. From September 25, 2017 Nikolai Merkushkin (Samara Region), Valery Shantsev (Nizhny Novgorod Region), Viktor Tolokonsky (Krasnoyarsk Region), Ramazan Abdulatipov (Dagestan), Igor Koshin (Nenets Autonomous Okrug), Vladimir Miklushevsky (Primorsky District) resigned . , Vadim Potomsky (Oryol Region), Vladimir Gorodetsky (Novosibirsk Region), Viktor Nazarov (Omsk Region) and Pavel Konkov, Governor of the Ivanovo Region.
Konkov explained that his departure was connected with the general course of the authorities. According to the former governor, it means “the governor’s corps rotation and rejuvenation” by the general course.