Analyzing the latest trends in administrative territorial division and the introduction of the institution of city managers in Russia, the author arrives at the conclusion that, at the level of local self-government, the course has been taken toward sousting the people not only from the process of decision-making, that is, self-government as such, but also from the process of forming local self-government bodies.
The article includes a description of a system to monitor effi ciency of municipal authorities, evaluation of a federal monitoring introduced in 2010, and a proposal aimed at a more useful and eff ective monitoring system. Th e main drawback of the quality assessment methodology, currently being
implemented in Russia by the federal authorities is a very long monitoring and assessment period. Annually-based monitoring does not allow regional
governments to use it in a budgetary process and everyday governance. The probable solution for such a problem can be found in a monitoring conducted quarterly or monthly, with a smaller set of vital performance indicators. Most of currently used data is being collected by Federal statistics service on a monthly or quarterly basis, so the proposed way does not require much eff ort while provides a lot of useful, operative and proved data both to regional and municipal authorities.