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Russia introduces separate ministry for North Caucasus affairs

Published time: May 12, 2014 15:18
Former Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor Lev Kuznetsov (RIA Novosti/Alexander Paniotov)

Former Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor Lev Kuznetsov (RIA Novosti/Alexander Paniotov)

Vladimir Putin has replaced the presidential envoy in the North Caucasus district and ordered a dedicated ministry for North Caucasus affairs be set up, headed by the former governor of the Krasnoyarsk Region.

The head of Russia’s Presidential Administration, Sergey Ivanov, told reporters that the main tasks of the new ministry would be improving the employment situation in the region, attracting investments and control over the spending of federal budgetary funds.

Ivanov added that the freshly appointed minister, Lev Kuznetsov, was a very effective official with excellent knowledge of economics and finance and was a perfect candidate for the post. Ivanov also said that establishing a separate ministry for the North Caucasus was a useful move as such model had already been tested in the Far East and recently in Crimea and proved to be very successful.

The new ministry will develop its own plan of implementing the state program of the region’s development and various target programs and state plans. The new minister is now expected to submit his suggestions for his agency’s future staff and budget.

President Putin also replaced the envoy in the North Caucasus District with Sergey Melikov – the chief commander of the Interior Ministry’s forces in the region. The former envoy, experienced Aleksandr Khloponin, was not demoted – he remained in the post of deputy prime minister.

PM Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that he expected Khloponin to concentrate on government work and promised that his new list of responsibilities would be made his consideration of his North Caucasus experience.

Russia’s southernmost North Caucasus federal district has a complicated economic and social situation with especially high unemployment rates. However, over the last two years the regional and federal authorities have managed to lower unemployment from almost 15 percent of the active population to 12.5 percent. Industrial production in the region has increased in the same period by 7.4 percent.

Comments (4)


George Washington 18.05.2014 15:30

Suzanne Majo De Kuyper 15.05.2014 05:12

If Putin, Russia, empowered Caucusus rights and freedoms for all Islamic groups and other ethnic groups there the human power of that ancient stronghold of passionate, strong minded humans could be added to Russian protection from the insane, US led West.


They hate Russia and has for centuries. Russia invaded their lands and arrested n deported the populations in that region to move in ethnic Russians in and steal their resources. The Caucasus region would back USA any day over Russia. We have Allies all around u.literally surrounding Russia. USA #1


Brian Tomlinson 15.05.2014 06:50

You should remember that many of these regions are very poor in resources and infrastructure . They would be better to keep their Islamic beliefs to themselves and worked with Russia - as the leader of Chechnya has- to stabilise the region economically and socially. Extremism gets no one anywhere in the end


Bertekk 14.05.2014 12:08

Jimmy Carroll 13.05.2014 10:21

Self -determination for the North Caucausus! Time to declare a referendum and free yourselves from the yoke of the Russian oppresor!


Th ere is more support for Texas and Alaska to seceed from the USA. When will the referendum be held to free the real Americans from the yoke of the Obamanation?

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