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Vladimir Gorodetsky, who in July was 69 years, was appointed Governor of the Novosibirsk region in March 2014 following the resignation of Vasily Yurchenko in connection with loss of trust of the President. Before to lead the region, Gorodetsky ten months he held the position of Deputy Governor, responsible for establishing the Metropolitan area. And before that, 14 years (2000-2014) was the mayor of Novosibirsk.
Care Yurchenko was seen as a result of the struggle of the political elites of the region. Much has been said about almost direct opposition Yurchenko, and Victor Tolokonsky, at the time of the Plenipotentiary representative of RF President in the Siberian Federal district. Gorodetsky always attributed to “team Tolokonsky”: they worked together at the city hall of Novosibirsk.
The split of the elites and change of power
The split in the political environment of Novosibirsk has shown the mayoral campaign of 2014, which was attended by a record number of candidates 17. Some of them withdrew from the elections in favor of a single candidate from the opposition, and the victory is not supported by “United Russia”, the acting mayor and former Deputy Gorodetsky Vladimir Connoisseurs, and the head of the regional Communist party regional Committee Anatoly Elbow.
Elbow led to the mayor of his supporters created before the elections, the United opposition. Lost the election Znatkova Gorodetsky was invited to the position of Vice-Governor.