He proposed Alexander Beglov, the plenipotentiary representative in the North-Western district, to become a new leader.
Vladimir Putin offered Georgy Poltavchenko to head the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), and the plenipotentiary representative in the North-West Federal District Alexander Beglov to take the place of acting governor. This was reported by TASS with reference to the press secretary of President Dmitry Peskov.
Georgy Poltavchenko has been the governor of St. Petersburg since 2011. His term expired in 2019: he said that he did not exclude his participation in the elections and noted that “there is still a lot of time”. Putin offered Beglov to head Petersburg before the elections to be held in September 2019, and then decide for himself whether to nominate himself or not.
According to political analysts, Poltavchenko could be dismissed immediately after the presidential election. In September 2018, Ksenia Sobchak, a former candidate for the head of state, announced her intention to nominate a “democratic candidate” for the election of the governor in St. Petersburg and did not rule out her candidacy.
The media in the past few years have repeatedly reported the imminent resignation of Poltavchenko, citing sources. However, his representatives each time denied this information. In the ranking after the elections of September 9, he was among the heads of regions who are in the near future at risk of losing their posts.
Since 2008, Alexander Beglov was the deputy head of the presidential administration, then the plenipotentiary of the president in the Central Federal District, and in 2017 he became the plenipotentiary in the North-West Federal District.