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EastRussia Bulletin: Political Tension Continues in Baikal Regions

EastRussia Bulletin: Political Tension Continues in Baikal Regions
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Last week, political tension remained in the Baikal regions amid the upcoming presidential elections, the latest issue of the EastRussia bulletin says. In the Irkutsk region, one can observe attempts by the governor-communist Sergei Levchenko to find a balance with the representatives of United Russia in the region and with the federal authorities. In Buryatia, head Alexei Tsydenov continues the policy of replacing inefficient heads of districts.

First, the balance of political forces in the Irkutsk region is interesting, where Sergei Levchenko manages to maintain a balance between his party of the Communist Party and United Russia on the eve of the presidential elections. Last week, Governor Sergei Levchenko met with the Communist Party candidate Pavel Grudinin on the second day of his stay in the region. At the same time, a week earlier Sergei Levchenko met with Vladimir Putin, on which the Governor generally received approval of his activities in the region. Within the framework of the meeting with Pavel Grudinin, the issues of social and economic development of the region, plans and prospects were discussed. In particular, the meeting participants discussed the development of the agricultural sector, while Pavel Grudinin visited the Usolsky Svinokompleks (the structure of the most important allies of the governor-the Sumarokov family) during the trip, noting that social support for workers and modernization of agricultural enterprises, as well as state support should be among the priorities of the industry development.

Simultaneously, an interregional forum of the All-Russian Council of Local Self-Government was held in Irkutsk. The forum was actively supported by the Chairman of the Legislative Assembly Sergey Brilka (United Russia). Numerous officials and deputies from municipalities of Russia, ministers of the government of the Irkutsk region and deputies of the Legislative Assembly of the region, representatives of federal ministries and departments took part in the forum. The presidential administration was represented at the forum by the assistant to the head of state for local self-government N. Tsukanov, the federal government - deputy minister of justice D. Novak, deputy minister of economic development S. Shipov and deputy minister of construction and housing and communal services A. Chibis. Present was the deputy chairman of the Federation Council, Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia party A. Turchak. The holding of this event testified to the increased attention of the federal center to the Irkutsk region, but at the same time to the availability of the potential for interaction between federal structures and S. Levchenko.

Secondly, in Buryatia, the head of A. Tsydenov seeks to demonstrate his strong positions through the resignations of local leaders in the northern regions located in the BAM zone. Last week, another head - A. Kirgizov, who headed the Muisky district in the spring of 2016 year (earlier the head of Severobaikalsk K.Goryunov left the office) resigned. The work of A. Kirgizov received a negative evaluation of A. Tydenov: significant problems were identified in the district through housing and communal services, resource-supplying organizations, bankruptcies of companies, and freezing villages. These claims are applicable to many heads of districts, in the future we can expect further resignations: according to some reports, the heads of the Kabansky, Ivolginsky, Barguzinsky and Dzhidinsky districts got to the "black list".

A detailed analysis of this and other relevant topics can be found in the weekly bulletin EastRussia (