Vladimir Putin appointed Acting Governor of Samara Region
UFA, 26 September 2017. /Bashinform News Agency, Olga Murtazina/.
Vladimir Putin dismissed the Governor of the Samara region Nikolai Merkushkin at his own request on the early termination of powers. 47-year-old Dmitry Azarov — a member of the Federation Council was appointed the acting head of the region. Earlier he was the head of the Samara urban district.
Nikolai Merkushkin led the Samara region since 2012, before that he headed Mordovia for 17 years. He was appointed Special Presidential Envoy for Interaction with the World Congress of Finno-Ugric Peoples.