This picture was taken a few minutes ago. I was on my way back to work. When I was passing by the Sakha Theater, I saw many young people on stairs. As the banner above their heads says, these kids were gathered from the whole republic to celebrate their high school graduation with gold medals and excellent diplomas. Actually I didn’t see any officials at once. There was a huge crowd of photographers, parents and journalists. Through them it was hard to see anything. I raised my hand,…

Last weekend, Vyacheslav Shtyrov gave an interview to the republic’s mass media. He talked about why he left the office of the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), what he is going to do, and what he achieved for his 8 years of presidency, and what the next president should do.

President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday accepted the resignation of the President of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Vyacheslav Shtyrov, RIA-Novosti reported. Shtyrov quit “for personal reasons,” said Vyacheslav Surkov, Medvedev’s deputy chief of staff, adding that the Kremlin approved of Shtyrov’s work and expected to use his managerial talents in some other capacity in the future. Yegor Borisov, Yakutia’s Prime Minister, was appointed acting president. Shtyrov’s deputy, Yevgenia Mikhailova, resigned in May after Medvedev appointed her as rector of North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk. Shtyrov, 56, was director…