According to Putin, Kuyvashev's team was able to achieve positive results “on a number of fundamental indicators.” He has been the head of the Sverdlovsk region since 2012
President Vladimir Putin supported the candidacy of Sverdlovsk Region Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev in the upcoming elections in September. The broadcast of their working meeting was broadcast by the TV channel “Russia 24”.
In a conversation with the head of state, Kuyvashev recalled the expiration of his powers and noted that it was important for him “to see where to work next.”
In response, Putin said that Kuyvashev and his team were able to achieve positive results and this creates a good basis for the development of the region. “I wish you success. I think you will be able to do it soon. Therefore, I hope that you will continue this work, and in the same vein, — Putin said.
Kuyvashev has been heading the region since 2012. Prior to that, he was the presidential envoy to the Urals Federal District (2011–2012), the mayor of Tyumen (2007–2011) and Tobolsk (2005–2007).
In April 2017, Kuyvashev resigned early from the post of governor, Putin left him acting until the elections, which were held in September of that year. He won them with a score of 62.16% of the vote.
In the spring, the Kremlin considered the option of abolishing direct elections of governors, three RBC sources reported this at the end of April. The head of the Fair Russia faction also spoke out in favor of refusing to hold elections in the fall; For the truth” Sergei Mironov, who offered to channel money from the army's election campaigns and opposed the infighting and competition of political parties. Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak did not support his position.
Later, RBC sources close to the presidential administration reported that they decided not to postpone the elections in September, and leave the elections of governors direct. One of the interlocutors explained that keeping the elections as they were demonstrates the “normality of the situation.”
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