The headquarters are supposed to coordinate the interaction between executive branch organs, local government and the regional divisions of federal bodies. Regional leaders are responsible for ensuring law and order, stepping up the security around important state, special-purpose and military facilities, and putting in place a special regime for the operation of a number of facilities that support transportation, communications, energy and connectivity. “Decisions of the [regional] head made in the scope of his competence are binding on the executive authorities of Belarus, local governments, regional branches of federal executive organs and other bodies,” the decree says.
In the first two days after the decree was signed, operations headquarters were established in every region, with the first meetings already held in some places. These headquarters include about two dozen people, including subordinates of governors and security officials, like the heads of the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, FSB, National Guard and Prosecutor General. Meetings are to be held weekly. In the communication about the operations headquarters of Belgorod region – whose members won’t be made public – it states that decisions will be made through an open vote by a majority of the members, who are required to attend meetings.
At the aforementioned meeting of the Security Council on October 19, Putin instructed Sergei Sobyanin to coordinate the work of regions to improve security. "I ask the mayor of Moscow… to take part in ensuring the coordination of the work of regions toward implementing the measures provided for by this decree, and the interaction of regions with the federal authorities." To do that, Sobyanin, who heads the State Council’s Commission on State and Municipal Administration, will work alongside the Presidential Administration.
The commission was to deliver its first report on October 25 and will provide an update every week thereafter.
Note that since 2020 Sobyanin has acted as a chief among regional governors, while on March 5 the State Council working group on countering Covid headed by Sobyanin was reassigned by a special presidential decree to also look at economic issues.
The third Putin decree
– No 763 – published on October 21, is called “On the Coordinating Council under the Government to Meet the Needs of the Russian Armed Forces, Other Troops, Military Units and Organs.” It is headed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, while his deputies are Dmitri Grigorenko and Denis Manturov. Besides Mishustin's acolytes from the government, there are the heads of security and law enforcement agencies, who must attend the meetings themselves – and if they can’t, they must submit their positions on the issues under discussion in writing. In total, the council includes 19 people, including Alexander Bortnikov (FSB), Tatyana Golikova (deputy prime minister), Daniil Egorov (Federal Tax Service), Viktor Zolotov (National Guard), Vladimir Kolokoltsev (Internal Affairs Ministry), Alexander Kurenkov (Ministry of Emergency Situations), Alexander Linets (Chief Directorate for Special Programs of the President), Sergei Naryshkin (Foreign Intelligence Service), Alexander Novak (deputy prime minister), Maxim Reshetnikov (Economic Development Ministry), Anton Siluanov (Finance Ministry), Marat Khusnullin (deputy prime minister), Dmitri Chernyshenko (deputy prime minister) and Sergei Shoigu (Ministry of Defense). Besides government leaders and siloviki
, it includes presidential aide Maxim Oreshkin and Sobyanin (in their individual capacity – unlike those listed above, who are ex officio members of the council).