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Governor To Resign Ahead Of Early Elections

Published: December 22, 2013 (Issue # 1791)

  • According to reports, the governor of St. Petersburg since 2011,Georgy Poltavchenko, is set to resign.
    Photo: Dmitry Kosheev / RIA Novosti

The head of Russia’s second largest city will step down ahead of early elections in which he may not stand, a Russian newspaper said Tuesday.

Georgy Poltavchenko, who has been governor of St. Petersburg since 2011, is likely to resign next year before city elections in the fall, according to a report in business daily Vedomosti citing anonymous sources in the State Duma, ruling party United Russia and the presidential administration.

Discussions are currently underway about whether Poltavchenko will be appointed acting governor in order to participate in the elections, or whether he will be replaced, Vedomosti said.

Possible contenders for Poltavchenko’s position include Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service Igor Artemyev, according to the report.

Poltavchenko told Vedomosti in an interview Tuesday that he had “not thought about” early elections, or whether he would take part in them.

Unnamed sources cited by the paper suggested that Poltavchenko may be unpopular with the city’s business community.

Others said that the high level of political opposition in the city could be behind a push to remove him.

Earlier this year Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin triggered early elections in the Russian capital when he unexpectedly stepped down. Sobyanin went on to win the election with 51 percent of the vote.


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Thursday, Apr. 24

Learn more about Denmark during the Danish Business Delegation’s visit to SPIBA this evening starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Danish Culture Institute. Danish Consul general Klaus Sorensen will be in attendance and the buffet following a presentation on Danish companies in Russia will be the perfect opportunity to network with the assembled businessmen.

AmCham’s Human Resources Committee Meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. this morning in their St. Petersburg office. Check their website for more details.

Friday, Apr. 25

Light Music presents the main events for their Cultural Kitchen project at Loft-Project Etagi today. A B2B event that focuses on Finnish food, arts, travel, music and design, the evening will conclude with a dinner by chef Jyrki Tsutsunen and dancing to music by Aino Venna. The event, which began yesterday with presentations by tourism and cultural institutions, concludes today with a preview of Finland’s Flow festival and other musical events. Invitations are available from

Saturday, Apr. 26

At 6 p.m. this evening, stylist Liliana Modigliani offers 50 simple ways to up your style quotient with beauty tips at the Galeria shopping center on Ligovsky Prospekt. The event is part of the final day of the shopping mall’s Fashion Saturday sales event, this week focusing on top brands located on the ground floor as well as presentation from fashion experts on sprucing up your spring look.

Sunday, Apr. 27

Families shouldn’t miss Childhood Planet 2014, the trade fair that started yesterday and concludes today at LenExpo. Not only will goods and services be provided for children and families but the event hopes to promote Russian brands and eco-friendly products using the latest technology available in the childcare industry.

Monday, Apr. 28

The Hotel Indigo will be the site of SPIBA’s Acting Skills for HR and Other Managers master class this morning starting at 9 a.m. The event will begin with coffee before moving on to the class itself and conclude with a tour of the recently opened hotel. Confirm attendance by Apr. 24.

Tuesday, Apr. 29

Improve your English at the British Book Center’s Interactive English Lesson tonight at 6 p.m. Students at pre-intermediate and intermediate levels are welcome discuss topics that are selected to help learners master the more difficult aspects of English grammar and vocabulary.