At the end of October 2020, the Russian Agency of Political and Economic Communications conducted a study targeted at compiling the rating of influence of the heads of regions. According to the results of the study, the Mayor of Moscow, Sergey Sobyanin, occupied first place with 8.53 rating points. The rating is based on a survey of experts: political scientists, political strategists, media experts, and journalists, who assessed the influence of governors on a scale from 1 to 10.
The top five also included the Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov (7.26 points), the Governor of Saint Petersburg Alexander Beglov (7.04 points), the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov (6.39 points), and the Governor of the Tula region Alexey Dyumin (6.25 points).
The top 10 included the Governor of the Tyumen Region Alexander Moor (6.21 points), the Governor of the Samara region Dmitry Azarov (6.16 points), the Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug Natalia Komarova (6.00 points), the Governor of the Moscow Region Andrey Vorobiev (5.84 points), and the Head of the Republic of Mordovia Vladimir Volkov (5.70 points).
The experts noted that in October 2020 the positions of the governors were influenced by the implementation of infrastructure and investment projects in the regions, the challenges associated with the pandemic, environmental problems, as well as the financial situation. One of the key topics of regional policy in November-December is expected to be the preparation for vaccination.