Nikolay Merkushkin

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Nikolay Ivanovich Merkushkin
Кола Меркушкин
Николай Иванович Меркушкин
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3rd Governor of Samara Oblast
Assumed office
May 10, 2012
Preceded by Vladimir Artyakov
1st Head of the Republic of Mordovia
In office
September 22, 1995 – May 10, 2012
Succeeded by Vladimir Volkov
Personal details
Born (1951-02-05) February 5, 1951 (age 71)
Novye Verkhissy, Insarsky District, Mordovian ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Mordvin
Political party United Russia
Spouse(s) Taisiya Merkushina
Profession Politician
Religion Russian Orthodoxy

Nikolay Ivanovich Merkushkin (Russian: Николай Иванович Меркушкин, Moksha: Кола Меркушкин) (born February 5, 1951 in Novye Verkhissy, Mordovia) is the Acting 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.

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