Astrakhan region governor resigned by Putin to join intelligence agencies
According to sources, Sergey Morozov's work will be related to operational activities.
Former Acting Governor of the Astrakhan region, Sergey Morozov, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin resigned on June 5, will join special services, TASS, RIA Novosti, and Interfax report referring to sources. They did not specify which structure is in question.
A source of RBC close to the presidential administration confirmed Morozov’s assignment. He said that the work of the former acting governor would be related to operational activities.
Previously, sources associated Morozov’s resignation with family reasons. A high-ranking source of RIA Novosti said that the rating of the acting governor was at the level of 57-58% and he “unequivocally won the elections in the first round.” He headed the region for less than a year.
Since 1994, Morozov worked in the Federal Protective Service, where, as he told RBC in October 2018, he interacted with Putin.
Vladimir Putin appointed Igor Babushkin the new acting governor of the Astrakhan region. In the past, he also served in the special services, in particular, in the FSB.
The intel scandal involving Oleg Smolenkov, who had access to the Kremlin and possessed valuable information, has become a widely discussed topic. It was CNN who reported, citing sources in the CIA and Donald Trump administration, on the “informant” being evacuated from Russia in 2017. It turned out that for certain people in Russia, the spy’s disappearance was not a secret, while the Russian elite denied the fact of espionage in unison with the American one. The Smolenkov family was forced to leave their luxurious mansion in Virginia, and their current whereabouts are unknown. Smolenkov’s “patron,” Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation for the International Sector Yury Ushakov, continues to fulfill his duties. The CrimeRussia looked into the story of “exfiltration” of the top informant and the possible consequences of his work as an intelligencer.