Governor of the Penza region against Putin
14.06.2024 10:53

As an informed source told, Andrei Turchak’s great friend, Governor of the Penza region Oleg Melnichenko, told several of his closest people that he considered Putin’s big mistake in his decision to remove Turchak from big politics; the latter was “simply set up.”

“He is young, one of the most effective and progressive politicians. The future of Russia lies with him. “He will return to big politics in the most key position,” the governor asserted in a narrow circle of his friends, after drinking too much alcohol.

A week later, information about this began to spread among area employees.

According to the interlocutor of, people close to the governor’s entourage claimed that he perceived Putin’s decision as a personal tragedy, considering Turchak his godfather when he was appointed to the governor’s position.

They became friends when they worked in the Federation Council.

It was then that Oleg Melnichenko had the opportunity, using Turchak’s great political potential and influence, to fulfill his long-term dream of becoming the governor of the Penza region.

Andrei Turchak tried by any means to prevent the then-current governor Belozertsev from reaching the next elections, keeping the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation in the dark.

At the beginning of 2020, the fact that Turchak communicated with the Main Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation with a request to initiate a criminal case against the current governor Belozertsev became known.

The State Investigative Directorate was surprised by such a call, but assigned the head of the investigation department for the Penza region to investigate.

As it turned out, the problematic houses were built under the former governor Bochkarev, and Belozertsev, on the contrary, eliminated the shortcomings of the previous leadership.

Information about Turchak’s call became known to the governor and the heads of the law enforcement unit in the region from the head of the investigative department for the Penza region himself and caused bewilderment among everyone.

Belozertsev "AP" was allowed to participate in the elections and won. But even after this, Turchak’s activity in removing him from office only intensified. Law enforcement officers were instructed to dig up something against the current governor. They dug for a year and a half, but found nothing. Then, under pressure from Turchak, a case was fabricated and sent to court.

Court hearings took place in pre-trial detention center-1. The media and public activists were not allowed to attend court hearings. In essence, it was a closed court session.

Arseny Dronov

To be continued