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Regional leaders need to have total trust of citizens - Russia's Medvedev Interfax | Aug. 17, 2010 | JRL 2010-155-10 - JRL Home

Dmitri Medvedev
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Sochi, 16 August: Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev has emphasized that the post of head of a constituent part of the Federation can only be held by someone who enjoys the unconditional trust of citizens.

(Passage omitted: One Russia has put forward candidates for the governorships of Kabarda-Balkaria and Kaliningrad Region, where ruling governor Georgiy Boos was not selected)

"The situation here is paradoxical: on the one hand, Kaliningrad Region has had very dynamic indicators over the last four years in terms of both infrastructure development and industry, but on the other hand the figures relating to support for the incumbent governor have not enabled us to put him forward to be considered as a candidate," (State Duma speaker and chairman of One Russia's Supreme Council Boris) Gryzlov stressed.

"This is the responsibility of the party, it is your right," Medvedev said.

"I have said on several occasions that despite the changes to the system for delegating authority to the governors, it matters to us what authority a certain candidate has: they should be people who enjoy the unconditional respect and trust of the citizens living in the region," Medvedev stressed.

Secretary of the presidium of the general council of the One Russia party Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of One Russia's central executive committee Andrey Vorobyev and first deputy head of the presidential administration Vladislav Surkov also took part in the meeting.

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