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Governor’s Move

May 11, 2012, 12:40 UTC+3
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The Kremlin has prevented the election of the head of the Samara Region by a new method.

Vladimir Putin has made the first, since returning to the presidency, and sensational in essence reshuffle in the governor corps. For the first time in Russia’s modern history, the head of one of the region was transferred to another. On Thursday, head of the Samara Region Vladimir Artyakov was replaced by Nikolai Merkushkin, who headed the Mordovia Republic for 17 years. With the sudden personnel reshuffles the Kremlin has avoided the direct gubernatorial elections in the Samara Region.

Ukraine Awaiting Reset in Relations with Russia

Timoshenko’s fate may be decided on the day of the meeting between Yanukovich and Putin.

On May 15, at an informal CIS summit in Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for the first time after his inauguration. Kiev experts do not rule out that on May 15 Yanukovich will have to make a rapprochement with Russia - the more so that the situation in the Western direction for the Ukrainian president is currently very awful.

“Walking Where They Want”

A job has been found for the Open Government

The Open Government in the renewed Cabinet of Ministers will exist as a government commission. It became known on Thursday after a meeting of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with the participants of this expert group. Admitting that there are those in Russia who are “disappointed with the possibility of a dialogue with the authorities,” Medvedev has called for involving the critically minded civil society activists in the work of public councils at agencies.


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