Customs found a new leader


The Russian leadership cycle begins a major reshuffle, which starts with changes in the authoritative offices of the President, the words of the three interlocutors close to the Kremlin, the interlocutor in the government and two Federal officials.

The biggest permutation in the North-West Federal district. The presidential envoy Vladimir Bulavin moved to the post of head of the Federal customs service, told the interlocutors. At this point he will be replaced by Andrei Belyaninov, who this week, the FSB carried out searches and found big money. Belyaninov dismissed on Thursday morning. Later, the press service of the cabin announced the appointment of Bulavin for the post of head of customs.

Bulavin – the native of FSB, he was the first Deputy Director of the service and led the national anti-terrorist Committee. Later he transferred to the Security Council on the position of the first Deputy of the Secretary when the Secretary was appointed Nikolai Patrushev. In 2013, Bulavin was appointed Ambassador. On the morning of Thursday the press-service of the Kremlin announced his resignation. The new Ambassador on Thursday morning appointed Governor of Kaliningrad region Nikolai Tsukanov.

Regional cover

All interlocutors claim that in the near future, your post also leaves the presidential envoy in the Siberian Federal district Nikolai Rogozhkin. Rogozhkin goes on vacation and maybe he will not go back, say two close to the Kremlin administration of the interlocutor. Head of the information Department of the Embassy Love Shalneva said that does not confirm the information about the resignation Rogozhkin after the holidays.

The resignation Rogozhkin linked to the achievement of the retirement age, says the Federal official. According to him, next year the envoy will celebrate 65 years is the age limit for civil servants, and in anticipation of that date, decided to send Rogozhkin retired, said the source. The envoy is retiring, confirms a source close to the Kremlin.

Rogozhkin 10 years was in command of the internal troops. In 2014, he left this post and moved to the envoys. He was replaced by Viktor Zolotov, this year appointed to command Asgardia.

The reshuffle may affect three southern district – Crimea, North Caucasus and South. According to one of the interlocutors close to the Kremlin, the government has long discussed the option of combining these districts. According to the Federal official, may merge the two regions – the Crimean and South. This is due to the fact that the Crimean district was created for the period of Crimea’s integration into Russia, he said. According to another interviewee, the government has discussed the option of merging all three districts. Earlier, the interlocutors argued that the North Caucasus presidential envoy Sergei Melikov can change jobs. As an option, then talked about his transfer to Resguardo.

Changing the presidential envoy in the Volga Federal district Mikhail Babich, tell two people close to the Kremlin. In 2002-2003 he was Prime Minister of Chechnya, then the Deputy of the state Duma, in 2011 he was appointed presidential envoy of the Volga Federal district.

The meaning of the envoys becomes less and less, says political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko. All tasks for which they were created – bringing the governors into submission, bringing regional legislation into conformity with the Federal – they performed, and the management of power structures, which they are partially engaged, more verticalities and closed on Moscow, ” he explains. Political management at the level of regional elections is supervised by the presidential administration, not the envoys. According to Minchenko, is now the Embassy has two functions: on the one hand, it is a place of honor for a senior person, which frees a high post, on the other – a career springboard to move up. In the current political situation of the Embassy is a very handy tool, the expert said. “The main personnel turbulence ahead: until the end of the year it is planned to continue changes in the power structures, which is still far from over, and after the Duma elections are still the inevitable reorganization of the government and shifts in the Governor’s case,” he said.