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Putin’s Longest-Serving Minister Proposed as Moscow Region Head

Sergei Shoigu, who’s been Russia’s Emergency Minister since 1991, is among candidates proposed as the new head of the Moscow region.

Shoigu, 56, the longest-serving minister in the Russian government, may replace Boris Gromov, who’s held the post since January 2000 and whose third term ends in May, according to a statement today on the ruling United Russia party’s website.

United Russia has proposed two other candidates: Igor Parkhomenko, first deputy head of Moscow’s regional government, and Alexander Khodyrev, who heads the Reutov city administration. President Dmitry Medvedev must approve the final candidate.

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