Like father, like son: MIA Deputy Minister Mikhail Vanichkin to leave office?

Like father, like son: MIA Deputy Minister Mikhail Vanichkin to leave office?
Mikhail Vanichkin, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs

Previously, his son Maksim Vanichkin, a MIA officer, had not been approved for the post of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department Head because of Mikhail Vanichkin’s high position.

Quite a serious reshuffle may come to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in 2017. Deputy Minister Mikhail Vanichkin, who oversees the criminal unit, may leave the Ministry. According to Rosbalt with a reference to a source in the Ministry, Vanichkin has already taken a sick leave to be followed by a vacation. He may not return to work after that. The senior enforcer may officially resign in February 2017.

As we wrote before, Mr. Vanichkin’s son has also seen better days when it comes to his career. Maksim Vanichkin had been considered the most likely candidate for the post of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Department Head, however, the Kremlin did not favor him. A CrimeRussia’s source said that Evgeny Shkolov, the President’s personnel advisor, delivered the blow to the MIA Colonel’s career. Mr. Shkolov turned out to have a long-standing conflict with the MIA Deputy Head, Colonel-General Mikhail Vanichkin. Maksim Vanichkin therefore did not become next Criminal Investigation Head under the pretext of anti-nepotism policy. We shall see whether his high-profile father leaving the office will affect the son’s career.

Colonel-General Mikhail Vanichkin has worked in the Criminal Investigation Department all his life. In the 90s he served at the Directorate for Organized Crime and headed department 13 of the Moscow CID. Then he went back to the MIA Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime in 2000 to become the Department Head. His career went further with him becoming the Chief Executive of Russian Interpol. The next year he was already the Head of the Main Internal Affairs Directorate in St. Petersburg and Leningrad region.

Between 2006 and 2011 Vanichkin worked as assistant to the Russian Minister of Internal Affairs. He was appointed the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on June 16, 2012 by a presidential decree.

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