29 Sep 2017 17:00

Putin accepts Tolokonsky's resignation, appoints Uss acting governor of Krasnoyarsk Territory - Kremlin

MOSCOW. Sept 29 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on the early termination of the powers of Krasnoyarsk Territory's governor, Viktor Tolokonsky, and appointed Alexander Uss acting governor, the Kremlin press service said in a statement on Friday.

Putin has accepted Tolokonsky's resignation due to personal reasons, the statement said.

"Alexander Viktorovich Uss has been appointed acting governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory until a person elected governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory takes office," the statement said.

The decree takes effect on the day of its signing.

Alexander Uss was born in the Krasnoyarsk Territory on November 3, 1954. He graduated from Krasnoyarsk State University with a degree in law and is a professor. In the 1990s, he was head of the legal department and deputy governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and was a Federation Council member. He has chaired the Krasnoyarsk Territory's Legislative assembly since 1998.

In 2002, Uss ran for governor of the territory, but lost the election to Alexander Khloponin in the second round.

Tolokonsky was governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory for three years. He was confirmed to the post on September 26, 2014. Before that, on May 12, 2014, he had been appointed acting governor. He received 63.3% of the vote in the September elections.

Tolokonsky was born in Novosibirsk on May 27, 1953. He has a degree in economics from the Novosibirsk Institute of National Economy and has a graduate degree from Novosibirsk State University.

In 1981-1991, he worked in top positions in the Novosibirsk region executive committee. In 1991-1993, he was deputy chairman of the Novosibirsk city executive committee. After that, he became mayor of Novosibirsk. He worked in that post until 1999. In the period between January 2000 and September 2010, he was governor of the Novosibirsk region. He later became presidential envoy to the Siberian Federal District.