Putin dismissed Merkushkin as Governor of the Samara region

Nikolai Merkushkin

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Nikolai Merkushkin Governor of Samara region at his own request. Acting head of the region appointed the former mayor of Samara Senator Dmitry Azarov, reports a press-service of the Kremlin.

Merkushin, in turn, became the President’s special representative for cooperation with the world Congress of Finno-Ugric peoples.

Earlier on September 25, “Kommersant”, citing sources close to the presidential administration, said about the possible beginning this week a series of resignations of heads of regions. According to the newspaper, could be replaced by the heads of the 10 subjects. Including the sources named, and Samara oblast.

Nikolay Merkushkin headed the Samara region from may 2012. Before that, he spent nearly 17 years was the head of Mordovia. In February 2018, he will be 67 years old.

Dmitry Azarov in September 2014 on the initiative Merkushkin became the Senator from the Samara region. Prior to that, he four years headed the administration of Samara, and previously held in the regional government as Minister of nature management, forestry and environment.