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Flew, but promised to return
Oleg Kozhemyako came to the Amur Region to give the latest instructions to his former team
“I tried to work honestly, giving all of myself to the region, and you saw it. For six and a half years, there has not been a single criminal case under the government of the Amur Region: no one was accused of corruption, no one was arrested. And this was not because of a lack of funds - we were implementing multibillion-dollar programs here. This allows us to conclude that the right foundations were laid in the Amur Region, "the ex-governor admitted in his speech.
Noted Kozhemyako and teamwork with the heads of municipalities, including the elimination of the consequences of the flood of 2013, the construction in a short time of housing for underflooders, the restoration of settlements after the fires.
“During these years of joint work, we have made a qualitative breakthrough. The Amur Region sounds on the scale of Russia. We have prevented social unrest. This is how it should be continued, ”the former governor of the region admonished the heads.
“But I don’t understand him, to be honest,” says Sergei Abramov, head of the LDPR opposition faction in the Amur Legislative Assembly, offended. - When he was elected and took the oath, he promised to work for the entire period for the benefit of the region, i.e. until 2017. Now that promise has been broken. Weren't there any other options? Did you leave us at the first opportunity? "
But, it turned out, he did not quit. The ex-governor himself indirectly confirmed the assumptions that Kozhemyako would exert influence on the Amur region, being the head of Sakhalin, during a press conference. “I will oversee, and help, and transfer experience somewhere, and we will participate in some joint projects. I also bear responsibility for the situation in the region. Therefore, I leave the same phone number and all connections with the Amur residents, - noted the new Sakhalin head. - For me, this proposal of the president came as a complete surprise; here is a part of my soul, the graves of my grandfathers, my parents were born here, my home - I value all this very much. Besides, after all, I planned to work here until 2017 and then go to the polls again. We have finally formed a government. But the needs of the state require something different. "
Far East in essence
As Kozhemyako noted, he has known Sakhalin since 1998, when he went there first as a businessman and then as an official. Therefore, he knows many of the leadership personally and intends not to change the system.
“I understand the inhabitants of the island, their fears, but at the same time I am not the worst option. I think if someone came from the outside, it would have been worse, - Kozhemyako commented on his appointment. - I do not plan to change the team on Sakhalin at all, as they know their home region, its problems and peculiarities. But if for someone, as for the Minister of Construction, cases are opened or he does not correspond to the position, you will have to leave. On the whole, I am determined to work precisely for the benefit of Sakhalin. For example, one of the primary tasks is to hand over about 20 kindergartens. "
Finally Kozhemyako outlined the main tasks that need to be addressed by the Amur Cabinet, along with the new governor.
Thus, documents were signed on financing the preparation of the reservoir bed of the Nizhne-Bureiskaya HPP, as well as on the cable car to China; Work continues on the allocation of land for gas processing and gas chemical complexes. It is also necessary to implement the agreement on the hippodrome and finish the second turn of BAM... In general, Kozhemyako expressed hope that the Amur Region will successfully pass the difficult 2015-2016 years. “Starting from 2017, the Amur Region will begin to receive more taxes from new hydroelectric power plants, from Power of Siberia, from gas processing and gas chemical plants being built here, and the Vostochny cosmodrome. I think 2017-2020 will be the heyday of the Amur Region. The residents of Amur deserve it. The Amur region is a region in which the state will invest unprecedented amounts of funds. It will be the most dynamic and industrially developed territory of the Far Eastern Federal District, ”he said.
The meeting with journalists was not without personal questions. So, Kozhemyako said that he did not have time to transport his belongings completely, and he would finally be able to do this not earlier than in a few months - there is too much work on the island. “The same applies to dogs (Kozhemyako has a husky - approx. author), and my dacha with a farm in the village of Chernyaevo, - he noted, - but there will be a reason to come here more often. Now direct flights are organized here. By the way, I think that we have something to please each other: Amur residents will be conquered by first-class ski slopes, Sakhalin nature and seafood, and Sakhalin residents will be able to travel to China. "
And as an admonition to the Amur residents, the ex-governor asked his voters to support the current head of the region, Alexander Kozlov, in the upcoming elections.
“He is a local, from the Amur hinterland, he achieved everything on his own, without the help of even his parents - this is what impresses me,” explained Oleg Kozhemyako. - Many people reproached me (and do) with his age, but up to that moment he coped. So, I consider the president's actions justified - with his (Kozlova - author's note) youth can still do a lot of useful things. Look: in 2025 he will be only 46 years old! We have discussed with him in advance: the projects that we have begun to implement, he will continue. He himself was a member of the government, participated in all meetings, knows and understands the economy, the agro-industrial complex, the social sphere. Therefore, I think that this is the person around whom you need to unite and help him. The foundations are right, the important thing is to continue what we started. "
Alexander Kozlov became the youngest head of the region in the country (34 years old). He began his managerial career about 10 years ago at the Amurskiy Ugol company, which he later headed. Then there was the post of the first deputy minister of construction, architecture and housing and communal services in the regional government, which Kozlov headed less than a year later. At the beginning of 2014, he was appointed acting head of the administration of Blagoveshchensk and in this position he managed the municipality until September 14 last year. On a single voting day, the townspeople elected Alexander Kozlov as the mayor of the Amur capital, with whom he worked until the presidential decree.