The first deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Kiriyenko, said that when choosing candidates for leadership positions, Putin relies on people who have experience in various fields.
A truly successful head of a department or region rarely becomes a person who has worked his whole life “in a political structure,” a truly successful leader will need a “very different experience,” Kiriyenko said, adding that it would be wrong to call them technocrats.
“If you look at the personnel decisions that our president makes when appointing heads not only of regions, but also of departments, you will see that Vladimir Vladimirovich is trying to pick people who have different experience, who have experience in the region, have experience in federal authorities have experience in economics, real production, real business, economic management and political experience.
This is right, this is a very important thing, ”Kiriyenko said on Wednesday during the plenary session“ New system of social elevators in Russia as a way to update the elites ”at the April international academic conference of the HSE.
The first deputy head of the presidential administration stressed that social elevators should not be divided into political, economic or technocratic.
It is equally wrong, according to Kiriyenko, to call that “a galaxy of regional leaders whom our president appointed in recent years” as technocrats.
“It is not right. Yes, they all have good managerial experience in the system of public administration, in working in large corporations. They understand well how the economy and the management system work. This is true, but when such a leader arrives in the region, the president appoints only the acting ones, and then you have to go through nation-wide elections. The most important thing today is the ability to talk with people, because the most important request from people for power is to reduce the distance, ”said Kiriyenko.
Kiriyenko described the excessive distance of the government as one of the key problems of Russia.
Earlier, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president, spoke about the selection criteria for new governors. According to him, the connection of candidates with the region usually does not play a decisive role, special attention is paid to work experience in federal or regional authorities.
“All of them, one way or another, are participants in the latest waves of general practice in forming the presidential reserve. Everyone was in the cage of this presidential reserve, ”said Peskov.
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