(RAD) The Kremlin does not have a consistent policy across the Russian regions regarding the election or appointment of governors. Despite allowing elections in most regions since 2012, the Kremlin has forced most North Caucasus regions to cancel direct elections, with the exception of Chechnya. The Kremlin also lacks a consistent policy in appointing governors to the regions where it has blocked elections, usually relying on locals, but not always. In Dagestan, it has appointed an ethnic Russian to rule a North Caucasus republic for the first time in post-Soviet history.
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