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Political job swaps in Siberia as Vladimir Putin makes new appointments

By The Siberian Times Reporter
13 May 2014

Krasnoyarsk governor is moved to role as head of new Ministry for North Caucasus.

Lev Kuznetsov meeting Great Patriotic war veterans on Victory Day. Picture: Krasnoyarsk Government website

The Russian president signed a decree moving highly-rated Lev Kuznetsov to boost the economic development of the North Caucasus. He is replaced in Siberian second largest region by Viktor Tolokonsky, until now the president's representative in the Siberian Federal District.

Tolokonsky, in turn, is replaced by Interior Ministry Troops Commander Nikolai Rogozhkin.

Putin told Kuznetsov: 'I hope you will use all your experience and skills on the new job'.

His appointment completes a trio of new structures in strategic areas for Russia. 

'The system has been straightened out in three areas: Crimea, the North Caucasus and the Far East,' said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

'We have created identical structures for managing these regions.'

Putin said that Rogozhkin was well acquainted with the Siberian Federal District, and would now become a member of the Russian Security Council.

'I hope you will demonstrate you best qualities as you know the regions where you will be working and will use all your knowledge for effective work,' he said.

It is five months since Rogozhkin was appointed first deputy interior minister - the chief commander of the Russian Interior Troops.

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