Ex-Mospriroda's Igor Gutsal appointed Acting Director of Sochi National Park

Ex-Mospriroda's Igor Gutsal appointed Acting Director of Sochi National Park

Earlier it was reported that Rogozin’s niece Daria Filippova would receive this post.

Igor Gutsal was appointed Acting Director of the Sochi National Park, TASS reported citing the press service of the Ministry of Natural Resources.

"Gutsal will come to office on Monday. He worked in the Ministry of Natural Resources for the last year. He is a competent person with sufficient experience in the field of the reserve management," said the agency's representative.

According to open sources, Gutsal has worked for more than three years in Mospriroda, the center for the management of protected areas in Moscow. In the Ministry of Natural Resources for the last year he was the deputy head of the development department of specially protected natural areas.

As the CrimeRussia previously wrote, the Ministry of Natural Resources dismissed Nikolay Penkovsky, who headed the organization for 15 years.

On August 1, it transpired on the Internet that the post of the Sochi National Park’s director was taken by journalist and decorator Daria Filippova, who is the niece of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. In early 2017, she worked for three weeks as Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Crimea.

It was assumed that the appointment of a relative of a high-ranking official instead of Penkovsky was to demonstrate to the leadership of the security agencies of the Krasnodar Territory that the decision to remove him was taken at the highest level and cannot be appealed.

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