The acting Governor of the Pskov region became Deputy Plenipotentiary

© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli in fotobanka Vedernikov. Archival photoThe acting Governor of the Pskov region became Deputy Plenipotentiary© RIA Novosti / Igor Taraborrelli the image Bank

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree exempting from the post of Governor of the Pskov region Andrei Turchak.

Turchak left the post at own will. He was Governor of the region since 2009.

To perform the duties of the head of the Pskov region will be Mikhail Vedernikov. The President held a working meeting with him, during which he told the officer about his appointment to the post of Governor. Earlier Vedernikov was Deputy Plenipotentiary of the President in Severo-the Western Federal district.

The Chairman of the Kaliningrad regional Duma Marina Orhei commended the work of Vedernikov in the region. According to her, he successfully coped with the functions assigned to the Deputy Plenipotentiary representative of the President.

«This is a coordination of work of power structures, interaction with public organizations, it was the issues associated with illegal traffic, and his attention to the objects of the world championship,» explained Orhei. She said that Vedernikov did their work «systematically and vigorously».

Vedernikov will be presented in the Pskov region as the acting head of the region on 13 October.

New post Turchak

Ex-Governor of the Pskov region after retirement took a new position, he became acting Secretary of the General Council «United Russia».

«In accordance with the Charter, I now appoint you as the acting Secretary General of the Council, and subsequently, your candidacy will consider the Congress of the party», — said the leader of the party Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting with Turchak.

The Prime Minister recalled that previously it was discussed with the former Governor the possibility of its transfer to the post of Secretary of the General Council «United Russia», but legally it is possible only now.

Turchak, in turn, thanked the Prime Minister and expressed readiness to start work. He stressed that the party enjoys among the population the support that is necessary not just to preserve but also to multiply it.

«We have the main political event — presidential elections of the Russian Federation. A lot of work. I’m ready,» said Turchak.

Member of the Supreme Council of United Russia, Yury Shuvalov, commenting on the appointment, noted that Turchak — a professional who will be able to solve its tasks. He also expressed readiness to provide the party support.

«I think that the work of the Supreme Council and General Council will be organized at the appropriate level of consolidation of the party, which now need to include it in the presidential campaign,» — said Shuvalov.

What will be remembered in Turchak, as Governor of

Since Turchak headed the Pskov region, the region appeared several times on the last lines of ratings of the socio-economic well-being. So, at the end of 2015, the Pskov region took the list of the 85 regions of the 74-th place, and by the end of 2016 — 76-E.

On January 1, 2017 the public debt of the region reached 14.8 billion rubles, and at the time of the arrival of Turchak, on the position of the national debt as of January 1, 2009, according to official figures, only amounted to 201,5 million rubles.

Are you satisfied with the work of the head of your region?

  • Yeah, I have no complaints
  • There is progress, but the effort is clearly not enough
  • The head of my region it is necessary to change


  • 13.3%

    Yeah, I have no complaints

  • 25.1%

    There is progress, but the effort is clearly not enough

  • 61.6%

    The head of my region it is necessary to change

All of presegregated the same time, the average income of residents of the Pskov region from 2009 to 2016 have increased from 11.4 thousand to more than 22 thousand rubles a month. In addition, during this time, managed to reduce the number of families needing housing.

In may 2017 the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the meeting with Turchak noted that the Pskov region under his leadership, positive changes. In particular, since the beginning of 2017, the region showed a five percent growth of the industry. Agricultural production increased by 30%, and last year’s grain harvest increased six times in comparison with 2009, amounting to 120 thousand tons.