Kolesov Out as Amur Governor

President Dmitry Medvedev has accepted the resignation of Amur Governor Nikolai Kolesov and nominated Oleg Kozhemyako to replace him, Interfax reported late Thursday, citing the Kremlin press service.

Medvedev has sent a letter to the speaker of the far eastern region's parliament asking that Kozhemyako's candidacy be approved, the report said.

No other details of the reshuffle were immediately available.

Then-President Vladimir Putin appointed Kolesov to the post last year after dismissing Governor Leonid Korotkov, who was accused of embezzling 22 million rubles ($850,000) from regional coffers, mismanaging $4.8 million in regional funds, and illegally increasing utility tariffs from 2003 to 2006 to finance a Blagoveshchensk-based football club. Some charges were later dropped.

Kozhemyako, named by Medvedev on Thursday as Amur's new governor, is a former governor of the Koryak autonomous region.