St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said at a meeting of city government that did not intend to leave his post. He urged his subordinates to stop spreading rumors about the resignation, and those who do not, threatened. 30 Aug RBC, citing anonymous sources reportedthat after the elections to the state Duma Georgy Poltavchenko will leave his post. But he refused the mandate of the Deputy of the state Duma, which was the outcome of the election.

“Every team is a tribe of bums who use the opportunity to gossip and rumors. I specifically mean the information that is being discussed the past months about my leaving. To stop all the talk and work. I’m not going anywhere”, – TASS quoted Poltavchenko.

“I ask all the talk about my possible care to stop. (…) All are requested not to rely on public personnel departments, the more idle quill-driver, who refer to obscure sources. And some (officials) instead of having to deal with the case, exaggerate information, he will go (project) or will not go away. I want to warn these people that I’ll just drive to work”, – he said (quoted by “Interfax”).

The Governor noted that he may retire from office only for three reasons. “If residents do not trust me and they trust me, as shown by the latest polls. Second, if the President of the Russian Federation – the only person who I can move, but such solutions aren’t discussed. And third – if I want to go, but I want you to work,” – said Poltavchenko.

According to RBC, Poltavchenko, who manages the city since 2011, had to leave his post after the elections. However, his resignation will be entered in 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. The interlocutors of journalists suggested that Poltavchenko in the near future could lead one from the security forces.

In particular, allegedly discussed the issue of creating a joint investigative Committee of the Investigative Department of MVD and the investigative Committee on education which in a few years insist that many influential security officials. According to another report, Poltavchenko can get the highest post in the Russian government.

As for his potential successors, as the most talked about candidates, the journalists called the current Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov. In this scenario, the new head of the Agency may be either the head of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov, either the first Deputy Minister Eugene Dietrich.

According to journalists, the resignation of Poltavchenko would be the result of a long overdue urban problems. In particular, the urgent issue is the need to actively engage in economic issues. We are talking primarily about delays in the construction of the stadium “Zenit arena”. The country’s leadership allegedly put Poltavchenko reproach the situation with sports facilities.

St. Petersburg Governor denied rumors about his resignation 27.09.2016

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