Aysen S. Nikolaev, who until recently served as the Mayor of Yakutsk, capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, was appointed as acting Governor of the Republic of Sakha by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Diamond Bourse said in a statement.
He recently visited Israel, with his visit being coordinated by Alex Popov, President of the Moscow Diamond Exchange, and took part in the Israel Diamond Exchange 80th anniversary celebrations.
The Sakha Republic, also known as Yakutia, is the Russian Federation's major diamond mining region. Nikolaev takes a keen interest in the international diamond industry and has travelled to almost all the major diamond manufacturing and trading centers, according to the statement.
Aysen's first order of business of the newly appointed Governor was to meet with Sergey Ivanov, President of ALROSA at Sakha's Representative office in Moscow.
Pictured above: Aysen Nikolaev in Israel during the Israel Diamond Exchange's 80th Anniversary celebrations, flanked by Alex Popov (left) and Israel Diamond Exchange President Yoram Dvash.