The People's Council of the DPR elected a new head of government, Vitaly Khotsenko, who previously oversaw interaction with the regions in the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Khotsenko became a graduate of the “school of governors” and a finalist of the “leaders of Russia” alt=”The government of the DPR was headed by an official from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia” />
Vitaly Khotsenko became the new prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, his candidacy was approved at an extraordinary meeting by the parliamentarians of the republic, according to the website of the People's Council of the DPR.< /p>
“The deputies gave their consent to the head of the Donetsk People's Republic and supported the candidacy of Vitaliy Khotsenko for appointment to the post of Chairman of the Government of the Donetsk People's Republic. This Resolution shall enter into force from the date of its adoption, — said in the message of the parliament of the DPR.
The head of the ministry, Denis Manturov, said that Khotsenko had previously worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade and oversaw interaction with the regions, RIA Novosti reports. “In solving problems related to the work of the industrial complex of the DPR, he will be able to count on our support,” — the minister added.
As the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, explained, the change of government was caused by the fact that the republic is forced to “think not even one, but two steps forward”, and therefore a “reorganization” is needed; . He noted that the restoration of infrastructure and “integration processes” are important areas for the authorities of the DPR. The head of the DPR noted that a number of ministers would retain their posts.
Khotsenko served as director of the Department of Regional Industrial Policy and Project Management of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, in June last year he took part in a meeting with President Vladimir Putin with graduates of the “school of governors”— IV stream of the program for the development of the personnel management reserve of the Higher School of Public Administration of the RANEPA.
Onzhe became a finalist of the “Leaders of Russia” competition in 2018-2019, representing the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Communications of the Stavropol Territory. Khotsenko joined the Ministry of Industry and Trade in September 2019. According to the Vesti Stavropol TV channel, he was born in Dnepropetrovsk in 1986.
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Earlier in the day, DPR head Denis Pushilin thanked former head of government Alexander Ananchenko for his work and dismissed him along with the rest of the government. The composition of the government will continue to work until the formation of a new cabinet. Ananchenko will be engaged in the “development of the public sector,” Pushilin specified. Ananchenko himself was also unable to clarify the future position, declaring a “moving situation”; and “synchronization with the Russian Federation”.
At the end of April, five sources close to the Kremlin told RBC that Sergei Kiriyenko, who is responsible for the work of the domestic political bloc as the first deputy head of the presidential administration of Russia, became the curator of relations with the DPR and LPR instead of Dmitry Kozak. The scope of work of the UVP, among other things, includes interaction with Russian regions, each of which has its own curator.
As one of RBC's sources noted, this indicates at least a special procedure for interaction with these regions, as a maximum— about studying the scenario of joining the Donbass republics to Russia.
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