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Acting Novosibirsk region governor might participate in election

March 20, 2014, 1:57 UTC+3 NOVOSIBIRSK
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NOVOSIBIRSK, March 20,  /ITAR-TASS/. Acting Novosibirsk region governor Vladimir Gorodetsky does not rule out his participation in the regional election on September 14.

"Time will show if I'll participate," Gorodetsky told reporters on Wednesday. "I'll feel it; I'll feel people's mood. I have interesting ideas, believe me, and I'll be working towards realizing them."

He was appointed acting regional leader on Tuesday, after Russian President Vladimir Putin fired Novosibirsk governor Vasily Yurchenko "in connection with the loss of presidents' trust."

Speaking about his work as acting governor, Gorodetsky noted the necessity to step up interaction between the city and the region.

Vasily Yurchenko has held posts in government bodies of the Novosibirsk region since 2004. He was head of the industrial development department and a deputy regional governor. He has been governor of the Novosibirsk region since 2010, upon the recommendation of Russian president.

Vladimir Gorodetsky was born in 1948. He began his carrier in Novosibirsk in 1972, working at local municipal bodies of Novosibirsk and at Town Hall. In the 1990s, he was director of the town's cotton works. He worked in Town Hall from 1996 as supervisor of the industrial policy department.

In 2000 through 2013, he was elected Novosibirsk mayor three times. On January 9, 2014, he was appointed deputy governor for the development of the Novosibirsk metropolitan area.

The dismissal of governor Vasily Yurchenko in connection with the loss of president's trust shows Vladimir Putin's serious intention to fight corruption, deputy parliament speaker, Secretary of United Russia’s General Council Sergei Neverov stated on Tuesday. He noted that this wording /the loss of trust/ was used in exceptional cases.

Yurchenko told Itar-Tass that investigators had searched his apartment overnight to Wednesday.

"After I flew back to Novosibirsk, investigators searched my apartment from 01:00 am to 06:30 am at my consent," the former governor said. "They were looking for the documents related to the criminal case over the sale of a land plot located in 54 Chaplygin Street in Novosibirsk. I'm a witness in the case."

He denied the reports on his arrest.

In the summer of 2013, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over fraud committed by organized group, following the sale of a house built in 1903 and a land point in central Novosibirsk. The SK said a regional gas transportation company in which the regional department of property and land relations had a 100-percent stake, signed a contact with the Taktika company on sale of unfinished hotel and a 1,199-meter land plot for 22.7 million roubles. The property is located in 54 Chaplygin Street.

GazTransKom, the gas transportation company, expected the sum of the transaction to be twice as large, but its representatives were misled by unidentified persons acting in Taktika's interests, who insisted that the property was overpriced. As a result, the damage caused by the transaction amounted to 14 million roubles, an investigator said.

The property in question is now idling.

Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin confirmed the search in Yurchenko's apartment, promising legal assessment of actions by senior regional officials, including the former governor, involved in the sale of the property.

He also confirmed that Yurchenko had not been detained and that he was a witness in the case.

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