Nikolay Ivanovich Merkushkin (Russian: Николай Иванович Меркушкин, Moksha: Кола Меркушкин) (born February 5, 1951 in Novye Verkhissy, Mordovia) is a former Governor of Samara Oblast and a former head of the Republic of Mordovia in Russia. He held the latter office from September 22, 1995 to May 10, 2012. From January 24 to September 22, 1995 he was the Chairman of the State Assembly of Mordovia.
Nikolay Ivanovich Merkushkin
Николай Иванович Меркушкин
|3rd Governor of Samara Oblast|
10 May 2012 – 25 September 2017
|Preceded by||Vladimir Artyakov|
|Succeeded by||Dmitry Azarov|
|1st President of the Republic of Mordovia|
September 22, 1995 – May 10, 2012
|Succeeded by||Vladimir Volkov|
|Born||February 5, 1951|
Novye Verkhissy, Insarsky District, Mordovian ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||United Russia|
|Alma mater||Mordovian State University|
Merkushkin was an electrical engineer before entering politics. He was reelected president of Mordovia in 1998 and 2003 with 80% of the vote. He has maintained popularity by having a relatively stable economy in the republic and paying salaries and pensions on time. He has prevented opponents from running against him by disqualifying candidates which seem to have more than 3% invalid signatures. Merkushkin is married to Taisiya Merkushkina, an ethnic Erzyan and has two sons.
On 10 May 2012 Merkushkin resigned to become Acting Governor of Samara Oblast. He was replaced by his PM Vladimir Volkov.
On 25 September 2017 he was removed from the position of Governor of the Samara Region.
Honours and awardsEdit
- Глава Республики Мордовия Н.И.Меркушкин награжден орденом "За заслуги перед Отечеством" III степени (in Russian)
- Глава Республики Мордовия Николай Иванович Меркушкин (in Russian)
- Official website of the Republic of Mordovia (in Russian)
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