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The importance of strong regional leadership in Russia: the Belgorod Miracle in agriculture

Eurasian Geography and Economics. 2017. Vol. 58. No. 3. P. 316-339.
Trotsuk I., Wegren S., Nikulin A.

Belgorod oblast is a highly successful region in Russia. The economic successes in Belgorod stem from the dynamic leadership provided by Yevgeny Savchenko for 24 years. Savchenko supports agroholdings and industrial agriculture while also adopting policies that foster the growth of small-forms of farming and organic farming. Savchenko’s agrarian policies have led to the so-called Belgorod Miracle. The Belgorod experience shows that despite a decline in gubernatorial power vis-à-vis the federal center, governors have vast powers within their regions. Personality and leadership characteristics are important variables that impact the performance of a region.