The former governor of the Kemerovo region, Aman Tuleyev, died at the age of 79. This was reported by the acting head of the region, Sergey Tsyvylev.
Tuleev led the Kemerovo region for more than 20 years. He was first appointed to the post of head of the region by Boris Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, in July 1997. As Tsyvilyov wrote, Tuleyev led Kuzbass “when the miners were sitting on the rails, blocking traffic on the Trans-Siberian, and managed to bring the region out of the crisis.”
Aman Tuleyev resigned early in the spring of 2018 due to a fire in the “Winter Cherry” shopping center in Kemerovo. Then 60 people died, including 37 children. Residents of Kemerovo demanded Tuleev’s resignation at spontaneous rallies. Tuleev refused to come to the scene of the tragedy and communicate with the relatives of the victims. The head of Kuzbass apologized for the loss of life only to Vladimir Putin, who came to the region, and called the protesters “buzotyors”.
After his resignation, he became a deputy of the Kemerovo Regional Council, and then received the post of chairman. In 2018, Tuleev was appointed rector of the Kuzbass Regional Institute for the Development of Professional Education. On the anniversary of the tragedy, the former governor published posts suggesting that arson was the cause of the fire at “Zimney Vishne”.