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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Report: Shamanov May Quit for Federal Post

Ulyanovsk Governor Vladimir Shamanov might resign and accept a post in a law enforcement agency, Kommersant reported Tuesday.

Shamanov, a retired general who is seeking re-election in his region in December, met with President Vladimir Putin on Monday, presidential spokesman Alexei Gromov told Interfax.

Gromov said the two discussed the social and economic situation in Ulyanovsk, which is one of the poorest of Russia's regions.

Citing unidentified officials in the regional administration, Kommersant said they also talked about the possibility of Shamanov accepting an appointment in Moscow with a law enforcement agency.

Russian media earlier reported that Shamanov had been offered a federal job, possibly in the presidential Security Council.

Ulyanovsk's gubernatorial election is scheduled for Dec. 5, and Shamanov is a clear favorite in the race.

But in September, the pro-Kremlin United Russia party unexpectedly withdrew its support from Shamanov, a member of United Russia's higher council, in his re-election bid and even recommended that he pull out of the race.

Shamanov used to command one of two formations of federal troops fighting in Chechnya during the second war. He subsequently used his popularity together with support from United Russia to become governor.

After dropping Shamanov, United Russia decided to back Sergei Morozov, the mayor of Ulyanovsk's second-largest city, Dimitrovograd.

Shamanov in September endorsed a pardon request from Yury Budanov, a former subordinate who was convicted of killing a Chechen girl in Chechnya. Budanov later dropped his appeal.