the Presidential Administration in Moscow told her that this issue was not
being discussed at the center, however. Nonetheless, the idea of combining these two
regions has been circulating in the Far East ever since Oleg Kozhemako, who
earlier ran Sakhalin Oblast and Amur Oblast took over Primorsky kray last fall.
a December interview on Rossiya-24, Kozhemako said that the issue of uniting
the two federal subjects would have to be decided by means of a
referendum.He noted that he knows how to
do this given that he supervised the process of combining Koyakia and
Kamchatsky kray earlier.
the two federal subjects were combined, Kozhemako’s influence would expand; and
Putin’s on-again, off-again campaign for regional amalgamation might take off –
with lower ranking officials assuming responsibility rather than everything
coming down on the Kremlin and its leader.