Thursday, August 17, 2017

United Russia's Boris Menshikov named mayor of Severouralsk

United Russia party member Boris Menshikov was recently named mayor of the Sverdlovsk city of Severouralsk.

Menshikov, 58, graduated from the Sverdlovsk Mining Institute and Education Shakhtostroitel. Prior to his election to the local duma, Menshikov spent 27 years heading the Severouralsky Mine rescue team, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

Menshikov was named mayor of Severouralsk by Vladimir Pasler, bypassing the direct elections.

"[Pasler] was a self-promoter and became mayor with the support of the 'protest electorate,'" Menshikov said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "After he was accused of bribery, some townspeople [became] disappointed in direct elections. There was an initiative to cancel them and go to the biceps system. We decided to change the Constitution and select a chapter from the deputies."

Menshikov said he plans to devote his mayorship to enhancing Severouralsk's public infrastructure.

"We will complete [an] unfinished hospital, that is being built for over 25 years," Menshikov said, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports. "First of all put within a month it will be equipped with medical equipment. Of course, in my new status will need to pay attention to the city budget - and it's a different job. The main thing-- patience. I think something should unite people, the residents feel confident in the power and hoped for her. If the authorities think about the territory, if the officials do not pursue mercantile interests, then do it."