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Fifteenth governor stepping down, and counting

May 03, 2012, 14:12 UTC+3
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The Stavropol Territory will get a new governor without elections.

Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday dismissed another – the fifteenth governor this year, head of the Stavropol Territory Valery Gayevsky. State Duma deputy Valery Zerenkov was appointed acting head of the region. At the same time the president signed a law, according to which, the governors will again be elected by direct vote.

Another governor’s resignation has confirmed the main motivation the Kremlin is currently driven by. Having launched the intensive rotation of the governors’ corps the Federal centre is hastily replacing those, who seem to be unable to win direct gubernatorial elections. Gayevsky was the first nominee in Dmitry Medvedev's presidential career whom he appointed governor in May 2008.

Russia going to Kazakhstan's front

The second international exhibition of armaments and military equipment - KADEX-2012 is opening in Astana (Kazakhstan) on May 3. It will be opened by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. Taking part in the exhibition will be both Russia’s Rosoboronexport arms exporter and United Shipbuilding Corporation, as well as United Aircraft Corporation, Oboronprom Corporation and Uralvagonzavod. According to experts, such major representation testifies to Russia's keen interest in the development of military technical cooperation with Kazakhstan.

RF Supreme Court refuses to postpone Vladimir Putin's inauguration

The Russian Supreme Court has refused to consider citizens' appeals on cancelling the results of the RF presidential election. Among them there is a collective complaint of the Russia will be Law-Based (RBP) public association whose members requested to ban Putin’s inauguration until the proceedings are over. Lawyers of opposition unions, parties and movements continue to consolidate their efforts in order to expose and appeal against violations committed during the presidential campaign.

March of Millions lacks zeros

The action organizers so far cannot reach agreement among themselves and with the authorities.

In the run-up to the opposition March of Millions that is planned to be held in Moscow on May 6, the rally organizing committee members have more and more doubts regarding its success. A Kommersant source in the organizing committee said that the disagreements between the participants have sharply worsened and some of them simply refused to take part in the preparation of a rally that will be a failure, in their view. Due to this, the negotiations with the Moscow authorities are proceeding with great difficulty, as a result of which the authorities may sanction the opposition rally in Revolution Square or a procession in Bolshaya Yakimanka Street with the rally in Bolotnaya Square.

“They could mow down all, had they a team”

Russian Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN) chief told Kommersant about the problems with cooperation with the United States and Russia's plans in Central Asia.

Director of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov explained to Kommersant reporter Yelena Chernenko why Russia does not like the US plans of combating drug transit in Central Asia and what alternative Russia can offer. He said that the issue of the establishment of Russia's corporation for cooperation with Central Asian countries will be considered by the RF government on May 15.


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