|Nikolay Ivanovich Merkushkin
Николай Иванович Меркушкин
|3rd Governor of Samara Oblast|
May 10, 2012
|Preceded by||Vladimir Artyakov|
|1st Head of the Republic of Mordovia|
September 22, 1995 – May 10, 2012
|Succeeded by||Vladimir Volkov|
February 5, 1951 |
Novye Verkhissy, Insarsky District, Mordovian ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||United Russia|
Nikolay Ivanovich Merkushkin (Russian: Николай Иванович Меркушкин, Moksha: Кола Меркушкин) (born February 5, 1951 in Novye Verkhissy, Mordovia) is the Governor of Samara Oblast and former head of the Republic of Mordovia in Russia. He has 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.
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 Merkushina, an ethnic Erzyan and has two sons.
On May 10, 2012 Merkushkin resigned to become Acting Governor of Samara Oblast. He was replaced by his PM Vladimir Volkov.
Honours and awards
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland 3rd class
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland 4th class
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour
- Order of Friendship of Peoples
- Medal "For Labour Valour"
- Medal "For Transforming the Non-Black Earth of the RSFSR"
- Глава Республики Мордовия Н.И.Меркушкин награжден орденом "За заслуги перед Отечеством" III степени (Russian)
- Глава Республики Мордовия Николай Иванович Меркушкин (Russian)
- Official website of the Republic of Mordovia (Russian)
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