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Putin accepts resignation of Novgorod Region’s governor

February 13, 14:27 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO

Vladimir Putin has also appointed Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Andrei Nikitin as acting head of the republic

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NOVO-OGARYOVO, February 13. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted the resignation of Sergey Mitin, the governor of northwestern Russia’s Novgorod Region, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.

Putin has also appointed Director General of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives Andrei Nikitin as acting head of the republic.

The president met with Nikitin and highly assessed his work as the head of the agency, established in 2011 and focused on implementing measures in economic and social spheres.

"During this time, the agency has done a lot to give a new impetus to the development of the entire economy, without exaggeration. You did a lot in regard to certain projects, the most important areas of development," Putin said.

Among the agency’s projects are joint cooperation with businesses and also organizing participation of young people in international competitions. Putin said these projects were implemented in the Russian regions, including in the Novgorod Region.

A series of resignations of Russian governors began last week. Governor of western Russia’s Perm Territory Viktor Basargin announced his decision to step down on February 6, and the next day the head of Buryatia Republic, in eastern Siberia, Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn, tendered his resignation.

Maxim Reshetnikov, who until recently served as the head of the Department of Economic Policy and Development of Moscow, was appointed Acting Governor of the Perm Territory. Russian Deputy Transport Minister Alexei Tsydenov was appointed as the acting head of Buryatia.

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