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EastRussia Bulletin: in the government of Primorsky Krai preparation for dealing with the crisis began with large-scale personnel changes

In the government of the Primorsky Territory, preparations for combating the crisis are already being combined with large-scale personnel changes. Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky, guided by the need to respond to changes in the economic situation, requiring concentration of efforts and personal responsibility, made a number of personnel decisions. It can also be noted that the rotations in the Primorsky administration became the governor's reaction to the "dissatisfaction" with the pace of work of the regional authorities at the federal level (this fact was noted by Yu. Trutnev during his last visit).

First of all, there is a strengthening of the hardware positions of Vasily Usoltsev, an influential and experienced representative of the local business and management elite, who remained the only first vice-governor. He will continue to oversee the departments of finance and industry. The new vice-governor is in charge of the new department of economy and development of entrepreneurship, which will be headed by entrepreneur Dmitry Tsarev, as well as the department of transport and road facilities - Alexander Shvora will remain its director. Another first vice-governor, Alexander Kostenko, one of the key figures of the former team, S. Darkin, apparently exhausted his resources in the executive branch and, after his resignation, moved to the Legislative Assembly of the region.

Two new vice-governors have appeared in the regional government - Yevgeny Vishnyakov and Sergey Nekhaev. E. Vishnyakov previously held the position of deputy head of the Trans-Baikal Territory, now he will oversee housing and communal services, energy, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Department of Forestry, the Department of State Housing Supervision and the Department of Tariffs. S. Nekhaev, former press secretary of the governor, then - deputy chief of staff, i.e. a person from V. Miklushevsky's personal team, in turn, will oversee the new department of strategic development, the department of international cooperation, tourism, information policy, coordinate TOP projects, and formulate the development strategy of the Primorsky Territory. Thus, V. Miklushevsky gives S. Nekhaev a number of key and politically important issues. As for the current vice-governors, Oleg Yezhov will focus on the construction sector, incl. measures for the resettlement of citizens from hazardous housing and the activities of the Capital Repair Fund. The Department of Licensing and Trade will be transferred to the jurisdiction of Vice Governor Sergei Sidorenko.

Important changes are also taking place at the department level. Nikolai Dubinin, head of the department of economics, will lead the development of the draft Nadezhdinsky TOR, approved as a priority at the subcommittee meeting (see above). Chairman of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Economic Policy and Property Viktor Grebnev passed into the executive branch and headed the regional department of industry (in the Legislative Assembly, his committee was now headed by A.Kostenko).

As for the department of state programs and internal state financial control, headed by Igor Vatulin, now he will directly report to the governor, which again indicates the desire of V. Miklushevsky personally or through trusted people to control the key subdivisions of the regional government. Among other things, the rotation touched on the very important information sphere for V.Miklushevsky: the Information Policy Department was headed by Alexey Kazakov, the press secretary of the governor appointed Albina Okhrimenko, the director of Public Television of Primorye Alexei Kozitsky, and GAU Primorsky Television Center headed by Alexander Latyshev.

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