2 Mar 2018 15:58

Kolmar CEO appointed Kemerovo Region deputy governor - sources

KEMEROVO. March 2 (Interfax) - Sergei Tsivilev, CEO and principle owner of coal mining company Kolmar, has been appointed deputy governor of the Kemerovo Region for industry, transport and entrepreneurship, filling a position that has been vacant since March last year, sources in local business circles and the regional administration told Interfax.

"Tsivilev has been appointed [Governor] Aman Tuleyev's deputy for industry, transport and entrepreneurship. He will be officially introduced next week," one of the sources said.

The sources expect that shortly after the presidential elections, Tsivilev "will be appointed acting governor."

The three-year regional budget adopted this year has allocated funds for a gubernatorial election in 2018, rather than in 2020, when Tuleyev's term of office is due to end.

Kolmar declined to comment for Interfax regarding information on the appointment.

"Information on appointments, if they are made, will be available on Monday," the press service for the Kemerovo regional administration said.

At the end of February, Sergei Tsivilev met with President Vladimir Putin, telling the head of state about the company's work.

Tsivilev owns 70% of Kolmar Group, having recently increased his stake from 40%, buying 30% from Andrei Bokarev, with the further 30% belonging to Gennady Timchenko's Volga Group.