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Putin Sacks Governor Under New Law

9 March 2005 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today sacked the governor of a far northern district using a new law that gives the president increased powers.

Putin sacked Koryak Autonomous Okrug Governor Vladimir Loginov for mismanaging Koryak's heat and electricity sector, which has been suffering shortages during the peak of the winter season.

Putin said the firing will serve as what he called a "preemptive message" to other Russian governors.

Putin sacked Loginov under a new law that gives the president more power over Russia's regions.

The law allows Putin to fire previously elected regional governors.