Dropping Like Flies Vol.2: Newly Appointed Governors
The autumn rotation of the Russian governors is over: 10 regions have new heads. The first appointed have already begun to fulfil their duties before September 2018, the date when they are supposed to officially win the election. Katerina Karaseva’s material reveals who else got himself a governor’s chair.
REPUBLIC OF DAGESTAN— VLADIMIR VASILYEV
The way Ramazan Abdulatipov left his post was quite unusual: first, he announced it in advance, second, he did that on the air of the radio station Govorit Moskva. The former head of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Viktor Tolokonsky, did the same. Abdulatipov vividly demonstrated his reluctance to leave: without sounding specific names, he accused those who ‘advise the president in Moscow’ of the fact that they ‘shave rabbits on the move’ and ‘harmed back in the 1990s.’
Abdulatipov could not cope with the main task assigned to him at the appointment: conflicts between local clans could not be settled. He pursued a tough policy, sacked certain amount of people and even arrested some, but the key conflicting figures remained in their places. On his post, the region needed not a ‘young technocrat’ but a ‘political heavyweight’, a person, who could not only solve these problems, but also the one, who would report on every step to Moscow.
Head of the faction United Russia in the State Duma Vladimir Vasilyev was chosen to be such a person. By the way, his resignation from this position provoked a personnel replacement in the party. In this regard, another resignation is expected, but of a different kind: the Pskov Governor Andrey Turchak will most likely get the post of secretary of the General Council of United Russia instead of Sergey Neverov, who replaced Vasilyev in the Duma faction.
Vladimir Abdualievich Vasiliev was born on August 11, 1949 in the town of Klin, near Moscow. His origin deserves attention: Vasiliev's father is Kazakh, his mother is Russian. The fact is that Vasilyev became the first head of the region who was chosen not from local nationalities. This rule was observed even in the USSR. Perhaps, this will also contribute to the effective solution of the clan issue. However, it is not certain that the appointee will be accepted by the Dagestanis, for whom the religious-ethnic component plays a big role. To resolve many issues, the head of the republic will have to negotiate with the Muslim leaders.
Another point in favor of Vasiliev’s ‘strength’ is that he was the only one among the new governors who comes from the security forces. Vasiliev graduated from the Moscow Police School, the All-Union Legal Correspondence Institute and the USSR Ministry of the Interior Academy.
In 1972-1983, he worked in the department for combating theft of socialist property of the Bauman Disctrict Internal Affairs Directorate, where he rose to the head of the department. Then, he served as deputy head of the Directorate for combating theft of socialist property of Internal Affairs of Moscow, was the chief inspector, deputy chief of staff of the Russian MIA, the first deputy head of Moscow Main MIA Directorate.
Since 1997, Vasiliev occupied the posts of First Deputy Head and Head of the Russian MIA’s Main Department for Combating Organized Crime. As a result, rose to the rank of the first deputy minister. In 1999, due to the change of the minister, he left the post, but became deputy head of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. In 2001, Vasiliev returned to the post of the deputy minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Boris Gryzlov and worked there until 2003.
During the terrorist act in the theater center at Dubrovka (known as Nord-Ost) in 2002, Vladimir Vasiliev was deputy head of the command unit for the release of hostages. It was he who communicated with the press, announced the beginning of the assault and the number of terrorists killed.
Vasiliev became a State Duma deputy in 2003. In 2007, 2011 and 2016, he was re-elected from United Russia. In 2012, he became vice-speaker and leader of the faction.
In 2016, Vasiliev declared income of 5.9 million rubles. His property included a land plot of 2992 sq. m. Also, he has an apartment (64.5 sq. m.) in use. Vasiliev's wife, whose income amounts to 302 thousand rubles, owns three land plots (755 sq. m., 1218 sq. m. and 1488 sq. m.) and two dwelling houses (102.3 sq. m. and 178.8 sq. m.). His wife also owns a Honda CR-V, whereas he himself only has a caravan, snowmobile and motorbike.
THE PRIMORYE TERRITORY — ANDREY TARASENKO
The former governor of the Primorye Territory, Vladimir Miklushevsky, said that he wrote a letter of resignation, because he wanted to change his place of work. His new work, he said, would be in Moscow, but so far nothing is known about it.
This resignation was different in terms of timing: instead of the standard 13-15 p.m. Moscow time, the Kremlin published a presidential decree late in the evening. In Primorye it was already morning. The new appointee was CEO of FSUE Rosmorport Andrey Tarasenko. His career promotion is associated with the proximity to presidential assistant Evgeny Shkolov and to Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov. It is worth noting that he is the only “non-Varangian” appointed in the course of the autumn rotation.
Andrey Vladimirovich Tarasenko was born on August 9, 1963 in Vladivostok. He graduated from the Higher Naval School of Scuba Diving named after the Lenin Komsomol, the Russian Academy of State Service under the President of the Russian Federation, majoring in ‘state and municipal management’, the Russian State Social University specializing in accounting, analysis and audit.
In 2008-2010, he worked as deputy director of the department for business and property complex management in Rosatom State Corporation. During his work, the department was headed by the current curator of the internal political bloc of the Presidential Administration, Sergey Kiriyenko.
In 2010-2012, Tarasenko worked at Rosselkhozbank, rose from a chief economist to an advisor to the Deputy Chairman of the Board. In 2012-2013, he was deputy head, and then head of the Nevsko-Ladoga Basin Water Agency of the Federal Agency for Water Resources. From July to September 2013, he was acting as CEO of FSUE Rosmorport, while in fact was the vice-CEO. On September 11, 2013, in coordination with the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government, Arkady Dvorkovich, Tarasenko was appointed Rosmorport’s CEO.
In 2016, Tarasenko declared his income of 13.5 million rubles. His property includes an apartment of 190 sq. m. and a garage. His wife earned 5.5 million rubles and owns a house in Spain. They have three garages and an apartment house (425.1 sq. m.) in common ownership.
THE ORYOL REGION— ANDREY KLYCHKOV
The Oryol Region is traditionally a communist region. The Communist Party leader, Gennady Zyuganov, who was born here, promotes his party members. Roughly speaking, a one young communist was replaced with another – Vadim Potomsky’s post was taken by the leader of the Communist Party faction in the Moscow City Duma, Andrey Klychkov. It is not entirely clear how this appointment is really beneficial for his political career – Klychkov was a potential Moscow mayoral candidate from the Communists, even oppositionist Alexey Navalny expressed his support for him.
Andrey Evgenievich Klychkov was born on September 2, 1979 in Kaliningrad. He graduated from the Kaliningrad Law Institute of the Ministry of the Interior, the Russian University of Innovation, the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
Klychkov joined the Communist Party in 2001, starting his career as an assistant legal adviser, and then he became the deputy head of the party’s legal service of the central committee. He was a member of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.
Klychkov has been in the Moscow City Duma since 2009. Until the last moment, he was Deputy Chairman of the commission for affairs of public associations and religious organizations. In October 2010, the Communists faction, led by Andrey Klychkov, voted against the appointment of Sergey Sobyanin, who was proposed by the Russian president as the Moscow mayor.
He was also a member of the commission for urban development, state property and land use; the commission for legislation, regulations, rules and procedures; the joint commission of Moscow City Duma and Moscow Region Duma on coordination of legislative activity on a municipal economy and the housing policy.
One of first things Klychkov did upon arrival in the region was visiting the Orthodox center built by his predecessor. Despite the appointment to the region, Andrey Klychkov will remain on the record in the Moscow organization and will perform his former functions as the secretary of the Central Committee, who oversees the party vertical.
In 2016, Klychkov earned 512.6 thousand rubles; his wife – 116.1 thousand rubles. The only property of the couple is an apartment of 54.5 sq.m. and it is in use. Also, they own a car LUAZ 967M.
THE NOVOSIBIRSK REGION – ANDREY TRAVNIKOV
The most unexpected appointment of the autumn rotation was the new head of the Novosibirsk Region. Vladimir Gorodetsky’s post in one of the most opposition regions of the country was taken by Vologda city manager Andrey Travnikov.
The mayor of the third million city in the country – Novosibirsk – is communist Anatoly Lokot, who, at one time, after consolidating the opposition forces and bypassing the proteges of Vladimir Znatkov, claimed an unexpected victory in the election. Of course, he will also applied for the post of governor, but in the Kremlin his appointment has been so far rejected: it was considered irrational to give the Communists a third region.
Andrey Shimkiv, the speaker of the Legislative Assembly, also was not appointed. Experts believe that the situation in the Novosibirsk Region somehow resembles the one in Dagestan – an external manager should deal with local groups of influence, while he seriously risks being rejected by the local, rather active elites. As Russiangate’s sources in the government of the Novosibirsk Region say, the appointment there was an absolute surprise.
Andrey Travnikov was born on February 1, 1971 in Cherepovets (the Vologda Region). In 1998, he graduated from the Cherepovets State University with a degree in electric actuation and automation of industrial installations and technological complexes. In 2014, graduated the retraining program for the reserve of management personnel at the Russian Academy of National Economy and State Service under the President of the Russian Federation. Also, has an MBA in the Higher School of Economics.
Travnikov’s career is mainly connected with Severstal. In 1990, he worked as an electrician at the Cherepovets Metallurgical Combine (now – a part of PJSC Severstal – Ed.). Until 2006, he worked in various positions at CMC: as a software engineer, as head of Severstal’s strategic planning project, deputy chief of the Combine’s long product rolling mill. Later, he became CEO of Electroremont LLC, which also is a part of Severstal.
Travnikov came in politics in 2010 as the first deputy mayor of Cherepovets. In 2012-2014, he was deputy, then first deputy governor of the Vologda Region. From June 2014 to November 2016, he served as deputy presidential envoy in the North-West Federal District. Since November 2016, Travnikov was the mayor of Vologda.
In 2016, Andrey Travnikov earned almost 5.5 million rubles, his wife earned 1.4 million rubles. Travnikov property includes cars Nissan X-Trail and Kia Sorento, both manufactured in 2014, as well as a Yamaha RS10SUV snowmobile and a trailer LAV for passenger vehicles. He also owns an apartment of 40 sq. m. and has shares in two more apartments. Apart from that, he has three garage boxes and two plots of land. His wife has two dwelling houses in use.
THE OMSK REGION— ALEXANDER BURKOV
Of all the parties of the parliamentary opposition, only Spravedlivaya Rossiya (Fair Russia) political party did not have its own region. Previously, Konstantin Ilkovsky headed the Trans-Baikal Territory, but he lost his seat in connection with the loss of the President's confidence.
State Duma deputy Alexander Burkov was promised a region long before the rotation, but until recently it was unclear exactly which one; sources even sounded Kamchatka. As a result, Burkov headed the Omsk Region instead of Viktor Nazarov. Burkov's appointment ‘killed two birds with one stone’ – giving Fair Russia a region and taking Burkov from his native Sverdlovsk Region, where he is really famous. In September, Yevgeny Kuyvashev won the election there: Yevgeny Roizman, the main opponent and the head of Yekaterinburg, was unable to overcome the municipal filter. Burkov could become a potential rival, but the issue with Fair Russia was resolved at the federal level.
Alexander Leonidovich Burkov was born on April 23, 1967 in the city of Kushva, the Sverdlovsk Region. He graduated from the Ural Polytechnic Institute, worked as an engineer. Since 1991, he headed a department at the Russian-American joint venture East Line, also was its vice-CEO. Since 1992, he worked as chief specialist, head of the regional economy department of the Working Center for Economic Reforms under the Government of the Russian Federation. He was a member of the federal сouncil of the Party of Russian Unity and Concord.
Alexander Burkov has been in politics since the 1990s. In 1994, he was elected a deputy of the Sverdlovsk Legislative Assembly, in 1995 – became a deputy chairman of the government of the Sverdlovsk Region. In 1999, Burkov, along with political technologist Anton Bakov, created the May movement. It was remembered by the region for its radical actions: its members seized municipal administrations and demanded that the mayors pay off debts on wages and pensions. The longest “dialogue” lasted 11 days.
In 1999, Alexander Burkov, due to his movement’s popularity, got to the second round of the governor's elections, losing them to the head of the Region, Eduard Rossel. In 2007, he joined Fair Russia and became a State Duma deputy, was re-elected in 2011 and 2016, was the first deputy head of the party.
In 2016, Burkov earned 4.5 million rubles, his wife earned 479.8 thousand rubles. He declared a land plot (2401 sq. m.) and a dwelling house (37.9 sq. m.). One apartment of 86.2 sq.m. is rented out, and in another one – 180 sq.m. – he owns a share. His spouse owns one more apartment (43.4 sq. m.), however, Burkov himself has no car but owns a caravan.
THE IVANOVO REGION — STANISLAV VOSKRESENSKY
The resignation of the head of the Ivanovo Region, Pavel Konkov, from his post is a political failure of the past governor and head of the Ministry of Construction, Mikhail Men. In the event of his resignation, he saw his deputy, Andrey Chibis, taking this position. However, another ‘technocrat’ was appointed: Deputy Minister of Economic Development Stanislav Voskresensky.
Stanislav Sergeyevich Voskresensky was born on September 29, 1976 in Moscow. In 1998, he graduated from the Russian Economic Academy named after Plekhanov.
From 1995 to 1999, he was dealing with taxation issues in Russian and foreign audit companies. From 1999 to 2004, he was financial director in the structures that carry out work in the field of special underground engineering and construction.
From 2004 to 2008, Voskresensky was referent, deputy head of the expert department of the President of the Russian Federation. From 2008 to 2012, he served as Deputy Minister of Economic Development. From 2012 to 2014, he was deputy presidential envoy in the North-West Federal District. At this position, he has already approached regional work: he oversaw the Kaliningrad Region, even was supposed to be its governor.
In 2014, he returned to the Ministry and became deputy minister of economic development again. As deputy minister, Voskresensky supervised cooperation with the Asia-Pacific region, foreign economic activity, infrastructure reforms and energy efficiency, investment policy and public-private partnership. Earlier, Voskresensky was considered as one of the potential candidates for the position of head of the Post of Russia.
He headed the working secretariat of the Russian part of the intergovernmental Russian-Chinese commission for investment cooperation, as well as the working group on promoting Russia's economic interests in the Asia-Pacific region under the government commission for economic development and integration.
In 2010, Voskresensky was included in the list of young leaders of the world according to the version of the World Economic Forum.
In 2016, Voskresensky earned 6.8 million rubles. His wife declared a salary of 2.7 million rubles. The new governor has one apartment in use (94.1 sq. m.) and one more in his property (132.4 sq. m.). His spouse owns three apartments (35.2 sq. m., 36.6 sq. m. and 39.7 sq. m.). There is also a shared ownership of a land plot and a house. Voskresensky owns a Mercedes-Benz.