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Russia: Putin and Regional Governors: Confusion Amid Arrests

On 13 April the FSB arrested Leonid Markelov, who had just resigned as the governor of Mari El Republic, an underdeveloped region in the Volga basin. Markelov, who was charged with corruption, will hardly be missed in the region. One of the country’s most eccentric governors, he made his mark building full-size copies of Venetian palaces, Belgian canal houses and Kremlin towers in Yoshkar-Ola, Mari El’s bleak capital.

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