14 May 2019, 10:08
Media fix downgrade of Dagestani leader's rating
The estimate of the work of the head of Dagestan, Vladimir Vasiliev, by residents of the republic has drastically dropped over the past six months. Earlier, a similar sharp estimate drop was recorded in relation of the head of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Evkurov, whose rating collapsed against the background of the demarcation of the border with Chechnya. At the same time, the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, demonstrates one of the highest ratings.
The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that in December 2018, Evkurov topped the list of Russian regional leaders, whose rating dropped sharply over the past six months. The rating of regional heads is one of the important criteria, by which the Kremlin is guided when deciding on appointments.
According to RBC (RosBusinessConsulting), Vladimir Vasiliev hits the top ten Russian regional leaders, whose rating, over the six months – from October 2018 to the end of March 2019 – dropped most noticeably.
For several months in a row already, the head of Ingushetia remains among the top ten leaders of Russian regions with the lowest ratings. In the spring of 2019, 62% of residents of his republic spoke in favour of replacing Evkurov as the head of Ingushetia.
The fall in his rating since October 2018 is due to the public discontent for his fixing the border with Chechnya. Protests began in October 2018 and resumed in March 2019, resulting in activists' clashes with law enforcers and subsequent numerous arrests.
Since the start of 2019, Dagestan is engaged in a similar border demarcation process; and it has not been without conflicts. On April 16, after the scandal with the unilateral border demarcation by Chechnya, the speakers of both parliaments suspended the entry of border information into the state real estate registry.
This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on May 13, 2019 at 08:05 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.