Ex-boss of Colonel Zakharchenko promoted to lieutenant general

Ex-boss of Colonel Zakharchenko promoted to lieutenant general
Andrey Kurnosenko

After the Colonel Zakharchenko scandal, Andrey Kurnosenko and some of his colleagues were told that they were not fit for the job. However, the head of the Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department retained his post.

Andrey Kurnosenko, head of the Central Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-Corruption Department (GUEBiPK) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.

The decree of President Vladimir Putin was published on the official website of legal information.

Police Major General Andrey Kurnosenko was able to retain his post in 2017, despite the high-profile corruption scandal around his subordinate Dmitry Zakharchenko, who headed the T Directorate at GUEBiPK, the one in charge of crimes in the fuel and energy complex.

Colonel Zakharchenko was detained in 2016 on charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. During searches in his apartment and those of his relatives, 374 million rubles, 140 million US dollars and 2 million euros were discovered. Shortly after Zakharchenko’s arrest, it was reported that Kurnosenko had filed a resignation letter, but was not allowed to leave.

However, after the Colonel Zakharchenko scandal, Andrey Kurnosenko and some of his colleagues, were told that they were not fit for the job. Zakharchenko and his immediate supervisor, Alexander Tishchenko, who headed the T Directorate of GUEBiPK, were let go and the directorate was disbanded. Later, Kurnosenko and Tishchenko testified in Zakharchenko case as witnesses for the prosecution.

Andrey Kurnosenko started his career in the internal affairs in 1995 as an officer of the regional organized crime department of the Moscow police. He was appointed to his current position years later, in December 2015.

The decree of President Putin states that the Russian armed forces now have one more army general. The military rank was awarded to Oleg Salyukov, the Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces of the Russian Federation.

Before that, only a few persons had the rank of army general in active service in the Russian Federation: Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, his deputies Pavel Popov and Dmitry Buglakov, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov, his first deputy Sergei Smirnov, chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, head of the Border Service, Vladimir Kulishov, and the director of the National Guard troops, Viktor Zolotov.

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