The Kremlin said it was not discussing the abolition of direct elections of governors

The possible cancellation of the elections was reported by sources of RBC and a number of other media. The Kremlin announced the absence of such initiatives and discussions The Kremlin was told that they are not discussing the abolition of direct elections of governors” />

The authorities are not discussing the postponement or cancellation of direct elections of governors, RIA Novosti said in the press service of the Kremlin. “There are no such initiatives and discussions in the Kremlin,” — underlined there.

On April 26, RBC, citing sources, wrote that direct gubernatorial elections could be canceled, and the regions could switch to elections through legislative assemblies. The discussion of this issue, according to sources, could take place on April 27 at a meeting of the Council of Legislators, which will be attended by President Vladimir Putin.

One of the interlocutors said that we are talking about the possible cancellation of all direct gubernatorial campaigns this year, and what will happen in the future— unknown. It is possible that formally the governors will be asked to decide this issue at their discretion, but de facto they are recommended to cancel direct campaigns, another source said. Medusa» (recognized by the Ministry of Justice as a foreign agent), Kommersant and Interfax. After the publication of “Kommersant” in March, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the Kremlin had not made such decisions and “there is no such topical discussion.”

RBC's interlocutors also spoke about the high probability of postponing the elections to the legislative assemblies of the regions and city dumas for 2023 or 2024.

Such decisions can be made, because the authorities fear that by the single voting day in September, Russians may be more feel the effects of the sanctions, the two sources explained. A third conceded that financial considerations also played a role: the cancellation of the election helped to save money that would otherwise have been spent on the campaign.

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Elections on a single voting day should be held in 14 regions: in Vladimir, Tambov, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Kirov, Novgorod, Ryazan, Saratov, Sverdlovsk, Tomsk regions, as well as in Buryatia, Karelia, Mari El and Udmurtia. In Adygea the head is elected by the deputies. In addition, elections to legislative assemblies of six regions and 11 city dumas are scheduled.

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