• 12 October 2017
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Putin dismisses Pskov Governor Andrei Turchak

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to dismiss the governor of the Pskov region, Andrei Turchak, Interfax wrote citing the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

Mikhail Vedernikov has been appointed the acting governor, having been deputy presidential envoy in the North-West Federal District before that.

The agency’s source assumed that Turchak would become secretary of United Russia’s General Council, as the ex-secretary Sergei Neverov is now head of the party faction in the State Duma. He replaced Vladimir Vasiliev there, after the latter had been appointed as Dagestan head.

RBC reported this morning that the governor was likely to quit, citing a source close to the presidential administration. Turchak will be the last region head to leave this season, according to the report. Besides him, the period since the end of September has seen governor resignations in the Samara region, Nizhny Novgorod region, Novosibirsk region, Kemerovo region, Ivanovo region, Orel region, Krasnoyarsk region, Primorsky region, Dagestan and the Nenets Autonomous District. All of the governors left "on their own volition".

Turchak became the Pskov governor in 2009. Before that, he had been a member of the Federation Council for a year and a half, and his career had started with him working in the Young Guard of United Russia.

In November 2010, a journalist named Oleg Kashin was severely beaten in Moscow. Five years later it was reported that he had been attacked by Mikhail Kavtaskin and Danila Veselov, who said Turchak was the paymaster, and JSC Zaslon manager Alexander Gorbunov was the mastermind behind the crime.

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