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Regional heads are stepping down as the country gears for elections later this year.17 February 2017
What’s behind the mass resignations of Russian governors that has seen five regional heads step down in recent days, with more expected?
While a Kremlin spokesman cautioned against speculation over “any behind-the-scenes activities,” the U.S. government-run RFE/RL surmises the resignations came at the request of the Kremlin itself.
Meduza suggests the gubernatorial carousel is nothing unusual, considering that regional elections are coming up in September.
Meduza’s piece came out after the heads of the Perm, Buryatia, and Novgorod regions submitted their resignations between 6 and 13 February. The predicted departures of the Karelia and Ryazan governors came on 14 and 15 February. Russian media also predict the resignations of the Ivanovo and Sverdlovsk governors.
Each of the governors said he took the decision to resign on his own initiative, Peskov said.
"Why is this happening in a synchronized manner? I will repeat it once again: this is a rotation process, there is an electoral calendar, and everyone has been calibrating their plans according to this calendar at their own discretion.”
“The Kremlin has no electoral calendar so far," he insisted.
It is established practice for regional heads to resign ahead of elections to give emerging candidates an opportunity to prove themselves before facing the voters, Meduza writes.
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