In the Kremlin prepared for the resignation of the Governor of St. Petersburg

The Governor Of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko

Care after the election

That the country’s leadership is actively discussing the issue of the change of the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, told RBC three sources close to the Kremlin, state Duma Deputy, a Senator and a person close to the leadership of the FSB. Poltavchenko headed the city since 2011 and, most likely, will take after the elections of the state Duma (18 September), is celebrated by all the interlocutors. They attribute this to the fact that the current head of the region maintains a list of “United Russia” in the Northern capital in the Duma elections and can not leave the city until the end of the campaign.

Probably after the dismissal of the Governor will go to the new high position of his alleged resignation will be entered into a cycle of big personnel changes in the leadership of the country, which began this summer and will continue in the autumn, perhaps at a higher level, said a person close to the leadership of the Kremlin administration. Over the past month, Russia has replaced the head of the presidential administration (the place of Sergei Ivanov took Anton Vaino), the Minister of education (it was Olga Vasilyeva instead of Dmitry Livanov), as well as several governors and envoys.

RBC sent a request to the press-service of the head of Petersburg. At the time of delivery of the notes, the employees have acknowledged receipt, and then ceased to answer calls of the correspondent of RBC.

Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Igor Albin (formerly bore the name Slyunyayev and Minister of regional development of Russia) said it does not comment on information about the Governor. “George Sergeevich one of the best governors of the Russian Federation. Russian Orthodox man and a great patriot,” said Vice-Governor.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told RBC that the Kremlin does not comment on rumors.

Failed “Zenit Arena”

The change of the city authorities are now overdue this is due to the need to bring to town a team that will be actively engaged in economic issues, and the fact that most Poltavchenko, in the opinion of management of the country, the need to find a new job, said the source RBC.

The problems of the current commands of the authorities in solving economic issues are most pronounced during the construction of the stadium “Zenit arena”, says a person close to the leadership of the presidential administration. Contractor accused is Smolny in disrupting the timing of construction of the object.

The country’s leadership put Poltavchenko reproach the situation with the stadium, confirms a source close to the government of the city. Now the new person will have to complete the object, said another source close to the Kremlin.

In addition, the need to change Poltavchenko could arise from the renewed talk about the unification of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, said political analyst Leonid Davydov. In his opinion, the referendum on Association of regions will have to cook have a new leader. “Poltavchenko has fulfilled its role of building relationships between different urban elite groups. Now the new person will take over the new phase, the Association of regions. This is logical, since the economic situation in the troubled city and region as a good time. The Union would give more dynamics to the labour exchange and would remove existing barriers in the development of territories”, the expert believes.

One of the interlocutors of RBC, close to the Kremlin, confirms that the theme of unification relevant. In this case the Governor of a large region in the future will be to find prominent politicians, said the source. Another source close to presidential administration, doubt that the regions will eventually be merged.

Poltavchenko did not satisfy all the influential elite groups, said one of the interlocutors RBC. On Tuesday on the portal Life.ru associated with controlled by Yuri Kovalchuk’s National media group has released critical to the Governor the text. “Will of doom ambitious programme of conservation of the historic centre is a trillion rubles and ambitious development strategy up to 2030 turned zilch, and the construction of “Zenit Arena” and is turned into a joke”, stated in the material.

A new mission and successors

Employment Poltavchenko have long been discussed. Two of the interlocutor close to the Kremlin, and a source close to the leadership of the FSB, said that the head of the region could lead one government Agency after another reform. In particular, we discuss the issue of creating a joint investigative Committee a structure that will be created from the Investigative Department of MVD and the Investigative Committee of Russia, the formation of which in a few years insist that many influential security forces, says one of the interlocutors RBC. A source in the Federation Council argues that Poltavchenko would go to the government.

The most discussed candidate for Governor the Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov. This is indicated by the interlocutor in the Ministry of transport, familiar Sokolov and a source close to the Kremlin. In turn, the post of Minister is considered the head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, Deputy Minister Eugene Dietrich, said the source. Representatives of the Ministry of transport and Belozerova, declined to comment. “All the Ministers are in their places,” said the press Secretary of Prime Minister Natalya Timakova.

The interlocutor in the state Duma argues that the post of Governor of St. Petersburg could switch the current speaker of the lower chamber Sergey Naryshkin. That he may leave the post of speaker, has previously said the source of RBC, as well as reported “Vedomosti” and “Kommersant”. They saw him place the head of the foreign intelligence Service. Place Governor the more likely option for speaker, says the interlocutor of RBC, close to the Kremlin. According to him, if the idea of uniting the city and the region will be approved, this matter would be logical to entrust the Naryshkin. He goes to the state Duma on the joint district, including the Leningrad oblast.

According to reports mentioned by the media, in the case of resignation Naryshkin in his place could have come the first Deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin he’s running for the state Duma and leads the list of United Russia in the regions, including his native Saratov region. The representative of the Naryshkin was unavailable for comment.

Decisions on the fate of the Naryshkin and Volodin have not yet been adopted, says the interlocutor of RBC, close to the Kremlin. “Of all the rumors about resignations in the government decision on Poltavchenko still looks the most likely,” said the source.

From Leningrad to St. Petersburg

Poltavchenko many years he served in the Leningrad KGB and then headed the Federal tax police service in St. Petersburg. With the coming to power of Vladimir Putin, he became the presidential envoy in the Central Federal district, and in 2011 was appointed Governor of St. Petersburg.

In 2014 were held early elections of the mayor. They Poltavchenko scored more than 79%. But who was considered the main opponent of the Governor Oksana Dmitrieva took part in the elections it failed to collect signatures of municipal deputies in his support.

Poltavchenko would not be considered ideal by the Governor, the President of Fund “the Petersburg policy” Michael Vinogradov. “He was able to hold Petersburg from serious incidents, the level of protests there were much lower than in Moscow, he said. On the other hand, a powerful impetus for the development of the city, he also could not give”.

According to Vinogradova, the question of resignation of the Governor of St. Petersburg is not so much one person acting mayor of the city, as in the following agreement. Petersburg is the city where are concentrated the interests of a large number of groups of Federal elite, the expert explained. “Often these groups are in extremely complex ways, so find a person that can be perceived as strengthening one group and weakening the other, and not to destroy the existing balance, it is difficult,” concludes the expert.

With the participation of Elizabeth Surnacheva, Timofei Dzyadko, Natalia Derbysheva