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This paper examines the new system of gubernatorial appointments in Russia and argues that in spite of the expansion of federal powers in this area, the federal center is still restricted in its usage of these powers. These limitations are demonstrated through the creation of an index that assesses gubernatorial vulnerability and produces a three-tiered model of strength classification. These classifications dictate to the center both a governor's susceptibility to replacement as well as the terms on which any change will take place. The model is supported by the introduction of three case studies, one belonging to each strength tier.