Experts called the governors who got into the “red zone”

The head of Khakassia, Valentin Konovalov, the governors of the Vladimir and Orel regions, Vladimir Sipyagin and Andrey Klychkov, as well as the head of the Primorsky Territory, Oleg Kozhemyako, were in the “red zone” of political stability with a high probability of resignation. This is stated in the report “State Council 2.0” of the company “Minchenko consulting”.

“The only significant change in the Central Federal District is the relocation of the governor of the Orel Region, Alexey Klychkov, to the red zone of political stability, including in connection with the detention of the head of the regional health department, Ivan Zalogin,” experts say.

They also note the record-low stability rating (5 points) of Vladimir Sipyagin, who will almost certainly leave the governor’s post in the fall. According to the authors of the report, Klychkov and Sipyagin may go to the State Duma of the new convocation. Similar prospects are seen in Konovalov, who, according to the data provided in the report, also fell into the “red zone” of the list.

“In the Far East, as a result of an acute intra-elite conflict, the head of the Primorsky Territory, Oleg Kozhemyako, moved to the red zone,” the report says.

At the same time, more than 20 heads of regions got into the “green zone”, among them the Tula governor Alexey Dyumin, the governor of the Moscow region Andrey Vorobyov, the mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, the head of the Crimea Sergey Aksenov, the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov, the governor of the Chelyabinsk region Alexey Texler, the head of the Irkutsk region Igor Kobzev, etc.

There are no significant changes in the North-Western Federal District, experts say. «[The head of the Leningrad Region] Alexander Drozdenko is still the only governor in the “green zone” of political stability among the “north-western” heads of regions, ” political scientists note.

In the Siberian Federal District, the governor of the Irkutsk Region, Igor Kobzev, who is the only head of the region in Siberia in the “green zone” of political stability, is leading by a huge margin in terms of sustainability. “The rest of the Siberian governors still show a low rating (no more than 12 points), although no one except Valentin Konovalov (Communist Party of Khakassia) has fallen into the “red zone” of a high risk of resignation, ” the report says.

In the North Caucasus Federal District, the sole leader remains the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, experts say. “We note the strengthening of the positions of [the head of Karachay-Cherkessia] Rashid Temrezov, who improved the work of the information block and political management, having managed to almost completely neutralize the negative effect of the arrest of ex-senator Rauf Arashukov. The configuration of leaders is also preserved in the Volga, Southern, Ural and Far Eastern Federal districts, ” political scientists said.

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The pandemic years set a record for the deaths of presidents in the XXI century

Over the past year and a half, eight national leaders who were in power have died or died all over the world — this is a record figure for almost two decades, a study by RBC showed

The pandemic years set a record for the deaths of presidents in the XXI century

Funeral of the murdered Haitian President Jovenel Moise in Cap-Haitien, Haiti

From the beginning of 2020 to the middle of July of this year, eight heads of state or government who were in power died or died-a record number for at least the last two decades, RBC calculated. This is more than in 2018–2019 (five leaders died or were killed) or in 2016 & ndash;2017 (four people). All the deaths or deaths of leaders in 2020 & ndash;2021 occurred in Third world countries. In 2003–2004, seven leaders of heads of state or government died.

The latest case is the murder of President Haitijovenel Moiz. He was shot dead on the night of July 7 in his own residence, his wife was seriously injured, but survived, receiving medical care in the United States. The country’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, said that the attackers spoke English and Spanish. The Minister for Voting and Inter-Party Relations of the country, Mathias Pierre, said that the gang that organized the murder of Moiz included 26 people. Four of them were shot dead.

In April, the President of Chad, Idris Deby, was killed from wounds received in a battle with the rebels. He has been at the head of state since 1990. The Government and Parliament of Chad have been dissolved, and a military-created council will rule the country for the next 18 months.

Two more African leaders-President of Tanzania John Pombe Joseph Magufuli and President of Burundi Pierre Nkurunziza-died of diseases. The media reported that both leaders were infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Magufuli, who died in March of this year, refused to introduce lockdown in Tanzania and spoke out against wearing medical masks. He also asked the people of Tanzania to pray for the victory over the coronavirus. In April 2020, Tanzania stopped publishing official statistics of cases, and Magufuli claimed that his country was free of infection, and invited tourists to the republic.

Nkurunziza died on June 8, 2020 from cardiac arrest. At the same time, local media wrote that the head of state had a coronavirus. Nkurunziza was at the head of Burundi for a total of 15 years.

Prime Minister of Bahrain Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (in November 2020) and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini Mandvulo Ambrose Dlamini (in December 2020) also died of diseases. In addition, two Prime Ministers of Ivory Coast have died at once in the last two years. On July 8, 2020, Amadou Ghosn Coulibaly died— he became ill after a meeting of the Council of Ministers. And on March 10 of that year, Amed Bakayoko died of cancer.

In 2021 alone, at least four assassinations and one attempted assassination were organized against political figures. On July 20, an attempt was made on the interim President of Mali, Colonel Assimi Goita, who had led the country since the military coup. He was attacked in a mosque in the capital of the state of Bamako-two armed men, one of whom had a knife, tried to attack Goita during the service. With reference to one of the servants of the mosque, AFP clarifies that the attacker tried to stab the president in the back, but he was not injured, and another person was injured.

On June 26, a helicopter carrying Colombian President Ivan Duque was shelled by unknown persons while flying over the eastern part of the South American republic. As a result of the shelling, the presidential helicopter received six bullet hits, but no one was injured during the incident. Colombian police have detained six suspects in the organization of the assassination attempt on the president. According to the investigation, the detainees are participants or commit crimes in favor of the FARC group (“Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia”).

In May, an attempt was made on the former President of the Maldives, the speaker of the People’s Majlis (Parliament), Mohamed Nasheed. As a result of the explosion, he received numerous serious injuries and was in critical condition, then underwent several operations in a hospital in Male and is now undergoing further treatment in Germany. According to the superintendent of police of the Maldivian capital Male Mohamed Bashir, the suspect in the organization of the assassination attempt was detained as a result of an anti-terrorist operation conducted in 25 settlements of the country. Earlier, the police arrested four people in this case, their names were not disclosed.

On May 29, the car of the Minister of Transport of Uganda, a former high-ranking officer of the country’s army, Katumba Wamala, was fired at. The politician’s daughter, who was in the car, and his driver were killed. Vamala himself survived, although he was injured. Five people are accused of organizing the attempt.

On July 22, it was reported about the prevention of an attempt on the President of Madagascar, Andri Radzuelina, two people were arrested as part of the investigation. According to the RFI radio station, these are Franco-Malagasy Paul Rafanoharana and Frenchman Philippe Francois, who planned the murder of “major political figures”, including the president. Reuters with a linkthe Deputy Prosecutor General of Madagascar said that several people, including both citizens of Madagascar and foreigners, were detained on suspicion of organizing an attempt on the president. The police seized the weapon with which the attempt was planned to be carried out.

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The WSJ has learned the details of the new US sanctions against Belarus

The discussion of the new restrictions began after the meeting of Tikhanovskaya with Sullivan and Blinken, the newspaper writes. According to the adviser to the leader of the Belarusian opposition, the sanctions will affect the oil and potash sectors of the economy

 WSJ has learned the details of the new US sanctions against Belarus

Joe Biden

The administration of US President Joe Biden is considering the possibility of introducing new economic sanctions against Belarus and head of state Alexander Lukashenko, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The discussion began after the visit of the leader of the Belarusian opposition, former presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to Washington and her meetings with Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. At the meetings, she called for stricter restrictions.

As Tikhanovskaya’s adviser Franak Vyachorka told the publication, representatives of the State Department announced their intention to impose sanctions on the Belarusian potash and oil sectors. Tikhanovskaya said at the meeting that these industries are close to Lukashenka, and are also an important part of the Belarusian economy.

U.S. officials did not discuss the timing or goals of the new sanctions. “We are not going to announce specific actions,” a senior US administration official told the WSJ. However, he added that Washington, together with its allies, will continue to demand responsibility from the Lukashenka regime for its actions, including through sanctions.

State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to comment, the Belarusian Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request from the WSJ.

Tikhanovskaya began her visit to the United States on July 18. On July 19, she met with Blinken and US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, later with Sullivan. Following the meeting, Biden’s adviser promised that Washington would continue to impose sanctions against official Minsk to support the Belarusian opposition. According to him, the administration demands to conduct an international investigation of the events of May 23, when a Ryanair plane was forcibly landed in Minsk, to release political prisoners, to start a political dialogue with representatives of the opposition and to hold elections under the supervision of the OSCE.

The official representative of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry, Anatoly Glaz, called Tikhanovskaya’s visit “a meaningless two-week voyage” and “a tourist trip paid for at the expense of American taxpayers”. “At the pseudo-meetings that you mention in your question, the Belarusian side is not represented,” he told reporters, adding that official Minsk is constantly in contact with the US Embassy in Belarus and the State Department.

The opposition leader has repeatedly called for expanding sanctions against Belarus, including organizations that “finance the regime”.

At the end of June, the United States imposed sanctions against 16 Belarusian citizens and five organizations. Individuals are prohibited from entering the United States, and their assets in the country, if any, will be blocked. Transactions with companies and citizens from the sanctions list are prohibited. The European Union, Canada and the United Kingdom have also imposed new sanctions against Belarus in connection with the Ryanair incident and the detention of the former editor-in-chief of the NEXTA Telegram channel Roman Protasevich in Minsk.

Western countries imposed sanctions against Belarus after the presidential elections of the republic, held in 2020. They considered the results of the vote falsified and criticized the actions of the authorities of the republic during the dispersal of rallies. Lukashenko said that the elections were held legally, and the protests in the country are led from abroad.

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Putin awarded orders to Kovalchuk, Kuznetsova and the Prime Minister of Cambodia

Billionaire Yuri Kovalchuk received the Order for his contribution to the implementation of socially significant projects in the Crimea, Kuznetsov-for the implementation of state policy in the field of protection of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood

 Putin awarded orders to Kovalchuk, Kuznetsova and the Prime Minister of Cambodia

Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded businessman Yuri Kovalchuk the Order of “For Services to the Fatherland” IV degree for his great contribution to the implementation of socially significant projects in the Republic of Crimea, the decree on this was published on the Internet portal of legal information.

Kovalchuk is the main shareholder of the bank “Russia”, he owns 37.5% of the bank. According to Forbes, he ranks 47th in the list of the richest people in Russia with a fortune of $3.3 billion. In March 2014, the bank “Russia” was included in the US sanctions list.

In addition to Kovalchuk, Putin awarded the Commissioner for Children’s Rights Anna Kuznetsova, she received the Order of Friendship for her great contribution to the implementation of state policy in the field of protection of motherhood, fatherhood and childhood.

The President also awarded the Order of Friendship to the Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen. He received it “for his great services in strengthening friendship and cooperation between the peoples of Russia and Cambodia”.

In addition, Putin awarded the title of “Honored Employee of the Investigative Bodies of the Russian Federation” to the head of the Main Military Investigative Department of the IC, Sergei Barsukov.

Earlier in July, Putin awarded Marinuloshak, Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and Svetlana Radionova, head of Rosprirodnadzor, with the Order “For Services to the Fatherland” of the II degree. TV presenter and journalist Andrey Malakhov at that time also received the Order of Friendship “for his great contribution to the development of mass media and many years of fruitful activity”.

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Degtyarev submitted documents for participation in the elections of the Khabarovsk governor

Inthe elections will be held on September 19, 14 months after the removal from office of the previous governor Sergei Furgal, whose detention last summer caused a wave of protests in the region

 Degtyarev has submitted documents to participate in the Khabarovsk governor's election

Mikhail Degtyarev

The acting governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Mikhail Degtyarev, submitted documents for registration as a candidate for the post of head of the region to the election commission of the region, according to the commission’s website. Registration of candidates began on July 25.

Degtyarev was nominated by the Khabarovsk regional branch of the LDPR. He provided 183 signatures required to pass the municipal filter. The decision on registration must be made within ten days.

Degtyarev also put forward three necessary candidates for the post of senator. The list includes Deputy Chairman of the regional government for internal Policy Andrey Bazilevsky, chief doctor of the regional blood transfusion station Oksana Kozhemyako and deputy chairman of the regional veteran organization of submariners Georgy Perov.

The election of the governor of the Khabarovsk Territory will be held on September 19. Degtyarev became the acting head of the region at the end of July 2020. This happened after the previous governor, Sergei Furgal, was accused of organizing the murders of entrepreneurs, and he himself was removed from office by the president due to loss of confidence.

The change of the head of the region led to protests. The participants of the protest actions demanded a transparent and honest trial of Furgal in the region, and not in Moscow. One of the most massive protest actions took place on July 18. Then, according to the authorities, 10 thousand people participated in the rally. According to local media and activists, about 50 thousand people took to the streets of Khabarovsk on this day.

The LDPR party nominated Degtyarev as its candidate for the election of the head of the Khabarovsk Territory in mid-June. On July 20, Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said that President Vladimir Putin was satisfied with Degtyarev’s work as acting governor of the Khabarovsk Territory over the past year. Peskov also noted that there is a lot of work in the region and Moscow is attentive to requests coming from the regional government.

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Submarines will follow the “Marshal Ustinov”: the Navy parade in St. Petersburg

On July 25, a parade for the Navy Day will be held in St. Petersburg. The largest participating ship will be the cruiser Marshal Ustinov. It will be followed by submarines, as well as ships of the Navies of India, Pakistan and Iran. Small rocket ships will also enter the Neva

 Submarines will follow Marshal Ustinov: the Navy parade in St. Petersburg


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In Ukraine, they proposed to deprive those who received a Russian passport of their citizenship

Such a bill was prepared by three deputies of the Rada and submitted to the parliament for consideration. The day before, Ukrainian officials were obliged to report on their lack of citizenship of another country

In Ukraine, they proposed to deprive those who received a Russian passport of their citizenship

A bill has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, according to which it is proposed to deprive those who voluntarily received a Russian passport of Ukrainian citizenship, the parliament’s website says.

The amendments imply amendments to the law “On Citizenship of Ukraine” regarding the automatic loss of citizenship of Ukraine in the case of voluntary acquisition of citizenship of the aggressor state “of the Russian Federation”, the report says.

While the bill is under consideration. It was initiated by three deputies: Oksana Savchuk (who is not a member of any one faction), Natalia Pipa (a member of the “Voice” faction) and Nikolai Knyazhitsky (a member of the “European Solidarity” faction.

The day before, President Vladimir Zelensky put into effect a decree of the National Security and Defense Council, which now obliges officials to confirm that they do not have foreign citizenship, as well as a document granting the right to permanent residence in another country.

The document says that in this way officials are not allowed to use foreign citizenship to the detriment of the national security of Ukraine, and also prevent a conflict of interests.

As of mid-July, 611 thousand residents of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) received Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. Viktor Vodolatsky, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, expressed hope that this number would grow to 2 million by the end of the year.

The decree on the simplified procedure for issuing Russian citizenship to residents of the DPR and LPR was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in April 2019. Kiev reacted negatively to this. Zelensky called the issuance of passports a violation of the Minsk agreements.

The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the simplified procedure for issuing citizenship is a forced humanitarian measure due to the blockade of the region by the Ukrainian authorities.

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The media reported on the possible extradition to Russia of those who testified on MH17

Ndespite the cooperation with the investigation, the immigration service refused to grant asylum to the Russians, considering their story implausible. They did not officially become witnesses in the case, the Dutch newspaper notes

 The media reported on the possible extradition to Russia of those who testified on MH17

The crash site of the Malaysian Boeing 777 aircraft operating Flight MH17 on the route Amsterdam & mdash;Kuala Lumpur, July 2014

A Russian couple who testified in the case of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in the Donbass in 2014 may be expelled from the Netherlands to their homeland. This is reported by the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant with reference to the documents that turned out to be the editorial office.

Russians named Igor and Elena (fictitious names) moved to the Netherlands in 2016. They appealed to the authorities of the country with a request to grant asylum, but the first application was rejected. Then in 2018, Elena appealed to the judicial authorities and said that she had information about the persons involved in the crash of flight MH17.

The publication notes that Elena did not become an official witness in the investigation of the plane crash, because her testimony, the essence of which is not disclosed, was not valuable enough to provide her with protection. At the same time, the prosecutor of the National Prosecutor’s Office of Rotterdam, Joris Belien, noted that the truthfulness of the words of the Russian woman is beyond doubt.

In a repeated application for asylum, the couple reported that they might be threatened by the FSB. But the Dutch Immigration Service (IND) still refused the Russians. Officials considered their words implausible, in particular, due to the fact that they did not immediately report information about the plane crash upon arrival in the Netherlands.

Thus, the couple who have been in the Netherlands illegally for five years can be extradited to Russia. Now their lawyer is studying the possibility of a new request for legalization in the country.

RBC sent a request to the press service of the Russian Embassy in the Netherlands and the Center for Public Relations of the FSB of Russia.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17, 2014. About three hours after taking off from the Dutch capital, he fell on the territory of the Donetsk region of Ukraine. All the people on board-283 passengers and 15 crew members-were killed. Ukraine, the LPR, the DPR denied involvement in the fact that the plane was shot down.

The Special Investigation Team (JIT) concluded that the plane was shot down by a missile fired from the Buk anti-aircraft missile system belonging to the 53rd Air Defense Brigade of the Russian Armed Forces. According to investigators, the complex was delivered to the Donbass on the day of the crash of the liner, and later taken back to Russian territory.

The Dutch prosecutor’s office accuses the former head of intelligence of the self-proclaimed DPR Sergey Dubinsky, ex-deputy head of intelligence Oleg Pulatov, an FSB officer and ex-defense minister of the DPR Igor Girkin (Strelkov) and a militia member Leonid Kharchenko of the crash of the plane.

The MH17 trial began in The Hague last spring. Moscow has repeatedly denied the involvement of its military personnel in the plane crash. The Russian Defense Ministry stated that the missile that shot down the plane for the Buk was produced in 1986, handed over to the Ukrainian SSR at that time, after which it did not leave the territory of the country.

The Russian side did not rule out that the Boeing was shot down by the Ukrainian military, and pointed to the refusal of the JIT to cooperate with Moscow. The court in The Hague refused to consider alternative versions of the crash of the liner.

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Putin extended Shuvalov’s powers for five years

Shuvalov took the post of head of VEB in 2018 after 10 years as first Deputy prime minister. Under him, VEB was transformed into a state corporation, given new powers and transferred under his control “Rusnano”, “Skolkovo” and other structures

 Putin extended Shuvalov's powers for five years

Igor Shuvalov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended the powers of the head of VEB.Russian Federation by Igor Shuvalov. The corresponding decree is published on the federal portal of legal information.

& laquo; Appoint Igor Ivanovich Shuvalov as the Chairman of the State Development Corporation «VEB.The Russian Federation» for a period of five years», & mdash; the document says.

The decree, dated July 24, comes into force from the date of its signing.

Shuvalov became the head of VEB in May 2018, replacing Sergey Gorkov. Prior to that, for ten years he held the position of first Deputy Prime Minister, overseeing first the development of entrepreneurship in the Far East and Transbaikalia, and later the entire economic block in the government. From 2000 to 2003, he headed the Cabinet of Ministers under the government of Mikhail Kasyanov, from 2004 to 2007 he was an assistant to the President.

In addition, since April 2019, Shuvalov has been the head of the board of Directors of the Far East Development Fund (FRDF), and in December 2020, he replaced Viktor Vekselberg as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Skolkovo Foundation.

Under Shuvalov, the development bank “Vnesheconombank” was transformed into the state Development Corporation “VEB”.The Russian Federation”, Putin has given it new functions and powers. In particular, VEB became responsible for coordinating the activities of development institutions and the long-term socio-economic development of the country.

After that, the optimization of the corporation began-about 2.5 thousand employees left the staff of VEB and its subsidiaries. In May last year, Shuvalov reported that the transformation of the corporation is at the final stage, and announced the reduction of another 10% of employees.

At the end of 2020, the reform of development institutions began in Russia. Within its framework, the SME Corporation, the Russian Export Center, EXIAR, the Industrial Development Fund, the Fund for Assistance to the Development of Small Forms of Enterprises in the Scientific and Technical Sphere, the Skolkovo Foundation, as well as Rusnano and the Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs came under the control of VEB.

In June 2021, Shuvalov said that the reconfiguration of the state Development Corporation was completed.

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Pakistan has deployed troops to the border with Afghanistan

Pthe guards were replaced by regular army troops to keep out militants, military personnel and refugees from Afghanistan. The Pakistani Interior Ministry stressed that they will not allow the parties to the Afghan conflict to use their territory

Pakistan has moved troops to the border with Afghanistan

The Armed Forces of Pakistan arrived at the Afghan-Pakistani border in order to prevent militants and military personnel from Afghanistan from entering the country. This was stated by the Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, the Dawn newspaper reports.

According to him, the army has replaced the border service officers. “Now the border is manned by regular army troops, who have replaced paramilitary formations,” Ahmed said.

The Minister noted that the unstable situation on the border persists and it requires an increased presence of troops, since border guards have to restrain not only refugees fleeing from Afghanistan, but also retreating militants and the military of a neighboring state.

“If the Afghan troops enter Pakistan, fleeing from the fighting, there is a possibility that the Taliban (a terrorist organization, banned in Russia. & mdash; RBC) will follow them and the conflict will spread to the territory of Pakistan, ” a source in the Ministry of Defense told the publication.


At the same time, Ahmed stressed that the armed conflict in Afghanistan between government forces and the Taliban is exclusively an internal matter of the country, and Islamabad is not going to accept one of the parties.

“It’s time for Afghan politicians and their military leadership to learn how to solve their problems. We do not want the Pakistani land to be used by any party in the Afghan conflict, ” the Interior Minister said.

The Taliban’s large-scale offensive in Afghanistan began in June, when the US and its allies almost completely withdrew their troops. The Afghan military, retreating after clashes with militants, went to the territory of neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

On July 22, the Taliban declared that it controls 90% of the border of Afghanistan, including with Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Iran, with the exception of small sections.

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