President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Razvozhayev, you worked in the Krasnoyarsk Region before, didn’t you?
Mikhail Razvozhayev: In Krasnoyarsk, yes.
Vladimir Putin: And in Krasnoyarsk, you worked your way up to Deputy Head of Krasnoyarsk Region Governor’s administration.
Mikhail Razvozhayev: That is correct.
Vladimir Putin: I have an unusual request and an unusual assignment for you.
Head of the Republic of Khakassia Viktor Zimin recently resigned: this is understandable as he withdrew from the election campaign. But you know Siberia, night temperatures have already dropped below zero and we need to complete the preparations for the winter. We must not lose sight of the region’s social problems even for a day. There are a lot of matters requiring constant attention – and not just attention, but management for these difficult, complex processes.
That is why my request is that you leave for Khakassia, work there for a month, take the situation in the republic under control, including the socioeconomic problems, and help the region conduct honest and transparent election in accordance with our country’s laws.
After that – I have already considered this, and I promise to do this – I will get you back to Moscow and, without a doubt, will find a post for you in the federal government – you are currently serving as deputy federal minister – in accordance with your knowledge, experience and, in a positive sense of that word, your ambitions.
Mikhail Razvozhayev: Mr President, thank you for your trust. I am ready for this task, and I will do everything in my power to make this month the month of efficient work.
Moreover, we are now in the middle of forming the budget and the federal national projects’ regional segments. We need to make sure the republic is part of these projects; we cannot let it miss out, as the participation in these projects will help us resolve all the social matters stipulated in Executive Order No. 204. In 2019, we will need to start carrying out these tasks, so now we have to act on it. This month will be vital for forming the regional segment and working with federal agencies.
Vladimir Putin: This is highly important, because now is the time to coordinate the main areas of focus with the Government, including the areas that require federal budget support and subsidies. You know what I mean.
How long did you work in the Krasnoyarsk Region administration?
Mikhail Razvozhayev: I worked there for over ten years. I also spent four years in Moscow, at the Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs.
Vladimir Putin: I am sure you will do a good job.
Mikhail Razvozhayev: Thank you, Mr President.