Date: 2 October 2019
Putin Introduces Personnel Shifts in Law Enforcement Agencies
Under a presidential decree, Vladimir Putin made a number of personnel reshuffles amongst senior officials who held top positions in the Investigate Committee, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Emergency Situations, and the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN of Russia). Several officials and officers have been relieved from their duties, while some of their colleagues were transferred to other positions.
The Kremlin released a presidential decree on personal reshuffles within state law enforcement agencies on October 3. Most of the decisions apply to the heads of federal istate bodies, though at the local level. Among those that have been dismissed were also the officials whose cases have recently become public nationwide, shedding a negative light on their figures. Deputy head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Novosibirsk Region Andrei Neupokoev lost his job after 82 criminal cases were discovered in one of the police departments to have been prolonged purposefully to improve statistics. In addition to that, Putin fired the chief inspector of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Eduard Sobol. For their part, Oleg Kadochnikov has been appointed deputy head of the Main Directorate for Migration Issues of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dmitry Kim has assumed the post of the head of the Siberian Law Institute of Ministry of Internal Affairs while Igor Romashkin became head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Astrakhan Region.
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Relieved from his obligations was also the head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Defense for Issues of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Management in the Republic of Komi Alexander Knyazev. The decree made appointments of Nikolai Basov to the post of head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry for Emergencies in the Trans-Baikal Territory and Dmitry Kozlov to the head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry for Emergencies in Sevastopol. A series of personnel reshuffles took place in the Investigate Committee and the prosecutor’s office. Known for a clash with a local journalist, the head of the local Kaliningrad branch of the Investigative Committee Viktor Ledenev was also laid off. Among those whom Putin dismissed from their duties were also prosecutors of the Tomsk and Voronezh regions, Viktor Romanenko and Nikolai Shishkin. Mikhail Moshkin was appointed the head of the local branch of the Investigative Committee in Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Albert Kizimov, Anatoly Ukhanov and Bogdan Frantsishko were appointed heads of departments in the Tver, Smolensk and Kurgan Regions, respectively.
Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) also saw a series of personnel changes. Andrei Vinogradov was dismissed from the post of the head of the Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in the Vladimir region. Yuri Bobkin was given the position of the head of the planning and organizational and analytical support of the Federal Penitentiary Service while Yuri Lymar is now the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Perm Territory. Notwithstanding all the personnel decisions, Vladimir Putin by his decree dismissed the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) Gennady Kornienko. Formally, his dismissal was linked to his reaching 65 years old, or the age limit for service. Kornienko was in charge of Russia’s penitentiary service since 2012. Earlier, he had served as the deputy head of the Federal Protective Service (FSO), and he had held the position of the director of the State Courier Service of the Russian Federation.
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