Staunton, June 14 – Moscow’s decision to make individual federal ministers “curators” for ten especially depressed federal subjects may attract more attention and help in the short term; but it is “an emergency measure,” experts say, and will do little or nothing regarding the regions’ basic problem: Moscow takes ever more resources from them and gives back ever less.
Economic Development Minister Maksim Oreshkin is now “curator” for the Altai Republic, Karelia and Tyva, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov will oversee Kurgan Oblast, Agricultural Minister Dmitry Patrushev will supervise Adygeya, Construction Minister Vladimir Yakushev Mari El, and Labor Minister Maksim Topilin Altai Kray, Vedomosti reports (vedomosti.ru/economics/articles/2019/06/14/804162-ministrov-kuratorov).
Depressed regions in the Far East and North Caucasus aren’t on this list because they already have their own federal ministries. Overseeing the entire arrangement will be Vitaly Mutkov, the deputy prime minister for regional development who remains notorious for his role in the doping scandal at the Sochi Olympiad.
Experts say that in the best case, this will allow the regions with curator ministers to get their requests processed more quickly (fedpress.ru/expert-opinion/2249071region.expert/curators/