Surkov has found a new curator for Abkhazia

New curator of Abkhazia in the Kremlin Department for cooperation with CIS countries, Abkhazia and South Ossetia formally became Ruslan Temirbulatov, comes from the team of the President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. This was reported by a source close to the presidential administration of Abkhazia and confirmed a source close to the Kremlin.

According to sources , Temirbulatov has met with President of Abkhazia Raul khadjimba. “For a short period of time with Abkhazia Temirbulatov showed its rigidity and effectiveness. His appointment speaks to the growing interest of the Kremlin to Abkhazia, as a strategic ally in the Caucasus,” — said one of the sources.

Temirbulatov — the candidate of economic Sciences, he graduated from the Tatar-American regional Institute (world economy) and has held various positions in the team of the President of the Republic Rustam Minnikhanov. Worked in the state Committee of Tatarstan on children and youth, the development Agency of international cooperation under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic, the Ministry of economy of Tatarstan. Also held positions in the Department on Affairs of civil servants under the President of the Republic and the office of the President of Tatarstan on working with the territories. Before moving to the Kremlin Temirbulatov held a post of the Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Deputy Minister of youth Affairs and sport Rustam Garifullin said that he worked with Temirbulatova 10 years. “Learned a lot from him: business acumen, ability to firmly and promptly to solve the tasks. However, he is able to maintain relationships with colleagues and superiors, allowing you to talk about him as an accomplished leader,” said the official.

In July 2016, Vedomosti reported that from the office of the President for the CIS, which oversees the assistant to the President Vladislav Surkov, resigned two officials: Deputy head Ivan Boltenkov (he was involved in including Abkhazia) and his colleague the post below Anton Pustovalov. Close to the Kremlin source said that “the Boltenkov has not done his work.” To work in the Kremlin, he was the first Chairman of the Committee on tariffs of St. Petersburg.

Boltenkova to Abkhazia and South Ossetia was in charge of Deputy head of the CIS Mikhail Mamonov. In the period when Surkov was first Deputy head of the presidential administration, Mamonov worked at the Federal Agency for youth Affairs, where he was responsible for international relations.

The unstable Republic

One of the functions of the curator of Abkhazia, list the source , includes the following responsibilities: control over execution of international treaties, the interaction with power departments of Russia and the Republic, working with politicians, deputies and social activists. Among other things Temirbulatov will oversee the agreement on Alliance and strategic partnership between Russia and Abkhazia, which provides for the establishment of the United forces of the two countries and improving social standards in the country. The President of the Republic Raul Khajimba and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin signed the document in November 2014.

According to one source , “the appointment Temirbulatova is due to the difficult socio-political situation in Abkhazia and the upcoming March parliamentary elections.” In 2017 the election of President of South Ossetia and of the Parliament of Abkhazia — two republics in charge of management administration in the CIS.

Parliamentary elections scheduled in the Republic of March 12, interviewed by the “Caucasian policy” experts predict unprecedented competition. The political situation in the Republic was restless all of 2016. The opposition organized a few people’s Assembly demanding the resignation of the President. The latest series of protests took place in December 2016 and ended with the signing of the agreement between the government and the opposition. The opposition had been allocated positions in the government.

The initiators of the protests were several political parties, including the party “amtsakhara”, which included supporters who resigned as President in 2014, of President Alexander Ankvab. The resignation of Ankvab, elected in 2011, was the result of protests, one of which the leader was Raul Khajimba, the current President, elected in early elections in the same year. During the protests in Abkhazia for talks with Ankvab came Surkov and a member of the security Council Rashid Nurgaliyev.

At the end of 2016, the state Duma ratified the agreement on creation of joint Russian-Abkhazian military groups. In 2017, according to Khajimba should be established by the clearing house of the bodies of internal Affairs to coordinate activities to counter organized crime.

Russia continues to provide economic assistance to Abkhazia in 2015, was allocated 4 billion rubles, in 2016 — RUB 7.9 billion In the draft budget of the Republic for 2017 General financial assistance to Russia amounts to 4 billion rubles, while the total revenues to the state budget are planned at 10 billion rubles, said the Minister of Finance of Abkhazia Dmitry Serikov.

However, the Abkhaz representatives have traditionally complain that part of the promised money never comes to the country. Familiar with the situation, the interlocutor explained the delay by the lack of adequate processing applications for projects from Abkhazia.