President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Rogozhkin, Mr Melikov,
Russia’s Interior Ministry forces not only perform their direct duties, but also offer us a good human resources reserve for work at the political level.
You know that Mr Rogozhkin has been offered the post of Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Siberian Federal District, and Mr Melikov has been offered the same post in the North Caucasus Federal District.
I want to inform you that Mr Khloponin will remain in his post as Deputy Prime Minister. He was combining the two offices [Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District and Deputy Prime Minister] until now, and will stay on in the Government as Deputy Prime Minister. Acting Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Siberian Federal District Mr Tolokonsky will go to Krasnoyarsk Territory as Acting Governor of the region.
You know the situation in these regions well – Mr Melikov has served in the North Caucasus for a long time now and knows the people well, and Mr Rogozhkin knows Siberia. I hope that you will make good use of this knowledge and put your best qualities, your organisational skills and experience to effective work in your new positions.
Nikolai Rogozhkin: We will do our best to live up to the trust you have placed in us.
Sergei Melikov: We will work hard.
Vladimir Putin: Good.