FSB was against Khinshteyn's appointment as Russian Guard official representative

FSB was against Khinshteyn's appointment as Russian Guard official representative
Aleksandr Khinshteyn

The former Deputy could have got the position of the Lieutenant General, but despite the appointment, has not become the General.

As Profile magazine reports, there has been a serious agency fighting over the recent appointment of the former State Duma Deputy and journalist Aleksandr Khinshteyn as the Advisor to the Chief of National Guard of Russia Viktor Zolotov.

The magazine notes that the 42-year-old politician, who had removed his candidacy from the EP primaries before the elections to the State Duma of the seventh convocation, wanted to become the Head of the Media Relations Department of the National Guard of Russia. This would have given him the opportunity to become the face of the new power structure, just like the ICR official representative Vladimir Markin before the dismissal. The Head of Russian Guard Viktor Zolotov was also inclined towards such personnel decision.

Meanwhile, according to Profile, the President Vladimir Putin and the Federal Security Service had taken an active part in Khinshteyn's appointment. 

The FSB had presented to Putin a number of materials that prevented the appointment of Khinshteyn to the position, which could have granted him the rank of the Lieutenant General. As a result, Zolotov have appointed Khinshteyn as his advisor, however, the former deputy has not been granted a military rank.

Let us recall that Aleksandr Khinshteyn took up his duties in his new position at the end of October. As previously reported, he would oversee the statutory and regulatory sector as well as outreach efforts for the National Guard of Russia. 

Khinshteyn himself considers the appointment an honor. According to experts, the new post is an unconditional advance for the politician, who was holding the position of Adviser to the Secretary of the General Council of United Russia on Media Relations Sergey Neverov.

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