2 Oct 2018 19:58

Putin appoints Artamonov acting Lipetsk governor, Shumkov acting Kurgan governor

MOSCOW. Oct 2 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed acting governors for the Lipetsk and Kurgan regions, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"The president has issued decrees appointing Igor Georgiyevich Artamonov the acting governor of the Lipetsk region and Vadim Mikhaylovich Shumkov the acting governor of the Kurgan region," Peskov said.

The Kremlin website has published the relevant presidential decrees.

According to the decrees, Artamonov and Shumkov will serve as acting governors until elected governors take their offices in the Lipetsk and Kurgan regions.

Early on Tuesday, Oleg Korolyov and Alexei Kokorin, acting heads of the Lipetsk and Kurgan regions, said that they resign to take other jobs.

Putin accepted their voluntary resignation.

Later on Tuesday, Putin met separately with Artamonov and Shumkov and informed them about his decisions, the Kremlin said.