Sergei Menyailo leaves the post of the President’s Plenipotentiary in the Siberian Federal District

Today Vladimir Putin has appointed his plenipotentiary envoy to the Siberian Federal District, Sergei Menyailo, as the head of North Ossetia. He will replace Vyacheslav Bitarov in this post, who resigned at his own request.

Who will become the new presidential envoy in the Siberian Federal District has not yet been disclosed.

Sergey Menyailo was in the post of the plenipotentiary representative of the Siberian Federal District since July 28, 2016 — until the fifth anniversary he was three months short

Until now, for many, it remains a mystery: what, in fact, does the plenipotentiary do and why is he needed? We have translated the job description of the plenipotentiary envoy from bureaucratic into human language.

Objective: to monitor and report

The tasks of the plenipotentiary include coordinating the work of federal and local authorities, for example, to monitor the well-established work between the federal Ministry of Health and the regional one. He also oversees the work of the executive branch in the district, that is, local departments, services, committees, offices and departments.

The tasks of the plenipotentiary include, among other things, work with personnel. For example, he participates in the work on the approval of candidates for the heads of territorial departments of federal departments — for example, the regional Rospotrebnadzor or Roszdravnadzor. He must regularly report to the president on how things are going in his district with politics, economy, social welfare and security.


The plenipotentiary has only 15 functions. For example, he coordinates work between ministries, committees and departments, evaluates the work of police officers, prosecutors and investigators. Monitors the state of personnel in law enforcement agencies and, on occasion, can propose to the president to change the head of the regional police headquarters.

In addition, the plenipotentiary approves candidates for positions in some regional departments. Among other things, the functions of the plenipotentiary include issuing certificates to judges of courts of general jurisdiction and arbitration courts.

The plenipotentiary proposes to the president whom to award with certificates of honor. He coordinates materials on conferring honorary titles, including military ones. In his district, the plenipotentiary on the instructions of the president himself presents awards, certificates of honor and announces gratitude.

The plenipotentiary cannot directly prohibit or cancel something, for example, a governor’s decree or a mayor’s order. But he can offer the president to do it.

In addition, the plenipotentiary representative can represent and. O. governor or candidates for heads of regions, if elected by the Legislative Assembly.

And the plenipotentiary also agrees on the candidacies of atamans of the military Cossack societies.

In early 2017, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets visited Novosibirsk. The plenipotentiary met the guest. He showed her the most expensive hospitals in the city — the neurosurgery center and the new clinic «Avicenna»


Rights are also spelled out in the presidential decree. For example, a plenipotentiary may request the documents he needs not only from the presidential administration and federal authorities, but also from regional departments and mayors. To control the work of departments and departments, he can send his deputies there.

The plenipotentiary can appoint checks on the implementation of presidential decrees and orders. He also proposes candidates for incentives or disciplinary action. And if a complaint or appeal of a citizen reaches the plenipotentiary, he can send them to the appropriate authorities, and there this appeal should be considered.

Who can ask for help

Any resident of the district can ask for help from the plenipotentiary. And since the deputy president on earth oversees the work of all committees and departments without exception, the range of issues can be anything — from housing and communal services to education.

Where does the plenipotentiary get the money

The plenipotentiary receives his salary in the presidential administration. He does not have his own budget. In fact, this is a position for monitoring the implementation of presidential decrees on the ground. At the same time, the plenipotentiary’s extensive functions and rights allow lobbying for certain projects.

In March, Canada imposed sanctions on Russian officials because of the situation around Alexei Navalny — Sergei Menyailo was also on the list.

In July, Sergei Menyailo made a statement that he was not sick with coronavirus, but disappeared from the public eye for a while, as he was engaged in family affairs.

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