The former head of Krasnoyarsk region Tolokonsky: from a teacher to an official

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krauledat in fotomancer Tolokonsky. Archival photoThe former head of Krasnoyarsk region Tolokonsky: from a teacher to an official© RIA Novosti / Alexander Krajevima the image Bank

Victor Tolokonsky, announced on Wednesday his resignation from the post of Governor of the Krasnoyarsk territory, has gone from a mere teacher of Novosibirsk University to the head of the second area region in the country. Career Tolokonsky is inextricably linked to Siberia – he was the mayor of Novosibirsk, Novosibirsk region Governor, presidential envoy in the Siberian Federal district. By his own admission, on official career as a youth never dreamed of.

From University into politics

Victor Aleksandrovich Tolokonsky was born on may 27, 1953 in Novosibirsk. In 1970 he graduated from school, studied in the same class with his future wife Natalia. Curiously, the same school his mother in 1945. In 1974 he graduated from national economy Institute in Novosibirsk, specialty «economist», and after 4 years — postgraduate studies at the Novosibirsk state University. After graduation until 1981 taught political economy at the Alma mater.

In recognition of the Tolokonsky, the strong desire to become official was not, however, in 1981 he began work at the Novosibirsk regional Executive Committee, which for 10 years was promoted from the chief of the planning Commission to Deputy chief of economic planning Department. In the year of the collapse of the Soviet Union became the Deputy Chairman of the Executive Committee of Novosibirsk, and then in December 1993, the mayor of this same city.

In March 1996 Tolokonsky for the first time in the history of Novosibirsk becomes the first elected mayor of the Siberian population of the metropolis. In 2000 was elected head of the Novosibirsk region, in 2003 re-elected for a second term. In July 2007, President Vladimir Putin submitted the candidacy Tolokonsky as a candidate for the position of head of the region, then the regional Council approved him for Governor.

In September, President Dmitry Medvedev accepted the resignation and appointed Tolokonsky to the post of Plenipotentiary representative of the President in SFO. In may 2014 Tolokonsky appointed acting Governor of the Krasnoyarsk territory, and in September of the same year, won the presidential elections in the region, gaining 63,28% of the vote.

Large projects and small lag

During the leadership of Viktor Tolokonsky in Krasnoyarsk Krai in the region implemented several major projects, although many of them he had «inherited» from the previous chapters in the region. In particular, the mass construction of the Universiade, which will take place in Krasnoyarsk from 2 to 12 March 2019. The program includes competitions on 11 kinds of sport, and the costs of the event exceed 40 billion rubles.

By the way, the rumors about the resignation Tolokonsky began in connection with the Universiade. In March 2017, during a visit to Krasnoyarsk President Putin noted the lag of two to four months in construction-thirds of sports facilities. In particular, had violated the terms at the regional clinical hospital, two transport objects. However, at the moment no personnel changes had been made.

Later Tolokonsky said that about 10 of the Universiade facilities will be commissioned ahead of schedule. On Tuesday the Plenipotentiary of the RF President in the Siberian Federal district Sergey meniailo said that earlier backlog eliminated, almost all works are in the chart. This leaves a number of problems on the removal of housing stock from the area of transport infrastructure of the Universiade.

Not as critical gap was in the construction of housing for fire victims in the Krasnoyarsk region. In may in the five settlements of the region fires have destroyed 138 homes, where he lived for 620 people, including 110 children, three people were killed. Most of the housing is rented, however, in the village of Arrow instead of the 15 September submission postponed to October 10. According to Tolokonsky, the delay associated with organizational issues.

However, not all projects started Tolokonsky in Krasnoyarsk Krai, implemented with a lag. One of the achievements of the former head of the region – the construction of the new terminal of the Krasnoyarsk airport «Yemelyanovo» in November 2015. Its area is about 58 thousand square meters, capacity – not less than 2.5 million passengers. Commissioning of the new terminal is scheduled for December 1, 2017. According to the latest data of the press service of the airport, construction workers are ahead of schedule, and the work has been completed by over 75%. Also reconstructed the old building.

To Tolokonsky talks about the creation of aviation hub and updating «Yemelyanovo» was conducted by the authorities for several years, but the case has not moved forward. Only when Tolokonsky got down to the real work.

Also, when it built the fourth bridge through Yenisei in Krasnoyarsk, which in the long term, after the completion of the transport interchanges will help to relieve the city from congestion and to close in the future Krasnoyarsk ring. The construction of the bridge began in 2012 and ended in October 2015.

Health and fun

Viktor Tolokonsky in Krasnoyarsk will be remembered as a lover of singing. The number of activities he personally performed songs by popular artists. His wife Natalia Tolokonsky, who is a doctor of medical science, Professor, full member of RANS, honored doctor of the Russian Federation, in 2016 leads to a local TV program on «logistics of health and business School Natalia Tolokonsky».

Tolokonsky have two children. He was awarded the order of Friendship (2001), «For merits before Fatherland» IV degree (2008), order of Honor (2013), the medal «For merits in holding all-Russia population census» and orders of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Golden honorary sign «Public recognition». The winner of the national award «Russia’s Best Governor».