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Penza governor not thinking about future job yet

14:32 | 21.01.2015 | Politics

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Penza, 21 January 2015. PenzaNews. The Penza region governor Vasily Bochkarev, currently away in Turkey with a job visit to meet potential investors, said he presently has no plans for a new job after the end of his office term in 2015.

Penza governor not thinking about future job yet

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When Vasily Bochkarev twitted he was traveling from Mersin to Adana city to hold negotiations with the local Chamber of Commerce, a user Alexander Badeev suggested the head of the region is looking for a new job.

“Haven't thought about it yet,” Vasily Bochkarev replied.

“The key word is ‘yet’?” Alexander Badeev asked.

“Doubt it,” the governor twitted.

“Ambiguous again. Going to publish any trip results?” asked the user.

In a reply to that, Vasily Bochkarev promised he is going to hold a press conference, and complained “it’s a tough and hard job to persuade business come to Russia (Penza).”

In his turn, Alexander Badeev stressed it is important to ensure the attracted investors do not decide to suddenly leave the Russian market later on.

For over 20 years, Vasily Bochkarev has remained one of the most remarkable regional politicians of Russia. He has remained in the lead of the Penza region, one of the most socially and politically stable regions of the country, for over 16 years.

Vasily Bochkarev was elected to his first term as the governor during the 1998 elections. In April 2002, he has been re-elected to the office, winning the race against Victor Ilyukhin, the State Duma deputy from the Communist Party faction.

In 2005, Vasily Bochkarev’s candidacy has been submitted for approval to the Legislative Assembly of the Penza region by the President Vladimir Putin. The candidacy was subsequently approved during the 35th session of the regional parliament on May 14, 2005.

On April 21, 2010, the president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev again submitted his candidacy to approve Vasily Bochkarev for a new five-year term.

The governor received the approval of the Legislative Assembly once more on April 29, 2010. The 2010-2015 term is the fourth time for the governor to remain in the office.

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