The ex-Minister of Transport was named a candidate for the post of head of AvtoVAZ

According to RTVI, Maxim Sokolov may become the general director of the concern, and Denis Manturov – the head of the board of directors. His candidacy was previously called by Deputy Khinshtein. RBC wrote that an advisor to the first deputy head of Rostec

Maxim Sokolov

One of the candidates for the post of general director of AvtoVAZ is the ex-Minister of Transport of Russia, vice-governor of St. Petersburg Maxim Sokolov, a TASS source in government agencies and an interlocutor of RTVI in the government said.

“There is still no final decision on the appointment,” ; said the source of the agency.

Earlier this week, the head of the State Duma committee on information policy, Alexander Khinshtein, also argued that Sokolov “highly likely” becomes president of AvtoVAZ. The head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, noted that as of May 17, the final candidacy had not been approved.

RBC sent inquiries to representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Rostec; and AvtoVAZ.

Sokolov in the government of St. Petersburg coordinates the committees on transport, tourism development, investment, industrial policy and trade. He served as Minister of Transport for six years— from 2012 to 2018. In 2018-2020 he was the General Director of the construction company LSR Group, he has been working in the St. Petersburg government since December 2019.

Sources of RBC in the government and close to the shareholders of AvtoVAZ reported that an adviser at large to the first deputy general director of Rostec is being considered for the post of new head of the automaker. Vladimir Avetisyan, who until February 2021 was the first deputy chairman of Rosnano. In 2016–2020, he was a member of the board of directors of AvtoVAZ.

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