Deputy Interior Minister Mikhail Vanichkin to follow Traffic Police Head’s fate

Deputy Interior Minister Mikhail Vanichkin to follow Traffic Police Head’s fate
Colonel-General Vanichkin, the Deputy Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

The resignation of the State Traffic Police Head Viktor Nilov, the order upon which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on March 29, is the beginning of serious personnel changes in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

Deputy Interior Minister Colonel-General Mikhail Vanichkin, who oversees the ‘criminal block’ in the Ministry, may soon leave his post.

Kommersant reports that instead of him the post of Kolokoltsev’s Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs may take Head of the Interior Ministry's Bureau of Internal Affairs Alexander Makarov. Sources in the department say that Kolokoltsov and Makarov are familiar from the times when both worked as operatives.

Recall, media reported on the possible resignation of Deputy Minister Vanichkin in December 2016. At the end of last year, Vanichkin went to a sick leave, followed by a vacation, from which the Colonel-General was no longer going to return to work. And in early February 2017, Mikhail Vanichkin submitted a report on his resignation to the President.

At the same time, as the CrimeRussia previously reported, the career of his son, MIA Colonel Maxim Vanichkin is gaining momentum. In the near future, he can lead the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department. To this post Vanichkin Jr. was recommended by his immediate supervisor, Head of the Interior Ministry's Department of Internal Affairs, Lieutenant-General Victor Golovanov.

The publication notes that Vanichkin Sr.'s resignation will be followed by other discharges in the central apparatus of the Ministry of Internal Affairs with a high degree of probability.

Meanwhile, Colonel General Vanichkin, whose career began with a long service in the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department, after which he headed the Main Directorate for Fighting Organized Crime, the Interpol NCB and the Central Internal Affairs Directorate in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, will not remain without work, Kommersant notes.

He has not only many years of experience in the police service. For several years he headed the security department in the Moscow branch of Sberbank PJSC, where he was assigned from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the edition, at present, the post of the head of the Sberbank security department is vacant for several months after the resignation of Sergey Kukolev.⁠

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