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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kremlin to Check Regions' Records

The Kremlin announced a tender on Monday for a computerized system that will appraise Russia's regional governors, giving ammunition to critics who say President Vladimir Putin is meddling in political life.

A notice posted on the Kremlin web site offered 720,000 rubles ($25,000) for a system to monitor social, economic and political indicators in the regions and use them as a basis for judging a governor's performance. The system must be ready by Dec. 5, the notice said.

Under a law that came into force this year, gubernatorial elections were scrapped, with the president instead nominating governors for approval by local legislatures.

Critics of the law say the Kremlin is trying to grab all political power but will be unable to keep control over governors and their huge bureaucratic machines in the 89 regions stretching across 11 time zones.

Putin asked parliament to grant him the right to nominate governors as a way of tightening discipline in the country.