The former No. 3 man in Russian politics is ready for more work – and for revenge.
Sergey Mironov, the ex-speaker for the Federation Council who lost his job several weeks ago, now wants to replace the governor of St. Petersburg.
Valentina Matvienko, the current governor, looks likely to take Mironov’s seat in the Upper Chamber.
She has the president’s support and is expected to move from St. Petersburg to Moscow upon assuming her new position.
Mironov is now a deputy in the State Duma and heads the Fair Russia party. The only way for him to become the governor of Russia’s second city is to lead his party to victory in parliamentary elections later this year.
In this case, Fair Russia will have the right to suggest candidates for the city’s top job. The president then selects the region’s leader from the list.