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MOSCOW, December 04. /ITAR-TASS/. The Kommersant daily writes that the Kremlin has held a series of consultations with Russia’s governors on elections in 2014. Changes are coming in the regions where the incumbent governors have a risk of losing elections or they have stayed in power too long.
At the end of November, 20 governors attended a meeting in the Kremlin at which discussed with the presidential administration the fulfillment of the president’s decrees and preparations for the upcoming 2014 elections at various levels. The meeting participants told Kommersant that in the Kremlin they had been told that for the leadership of Russian regions the fulfillment of the presidential decrees should remain a priority in the current situation and during elections. “In general, the emphasis was placed on the legitimacy of the elections,” said one of the meeting participants.
At the same time, the Kremlin continues individual consultations with regional leaders on the nomination of potential candidates and support of the current governors. The newspaper’s sources name Kirov Oblast governor Nikita Belykh and head of the Komi republic Vyacheslav Gaizer (considered successful in the regional socio-economic dynamics) among those who with a high degree of probability in the run-up to the elections will be appointed to perform the duties and will be backed by the Kremlin during elections.
“Highly active officials that maintain voter feedback that is innovative in nature become the leaders of the governor corps. There are no ideological differences, but those who are more turned-on, skilled and public are in demand,” political analyst Olga Kryshtanovskaya says.
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