Main Directorate of Internal Security introduced by Zinichev to purge EMERCOM

Main Directorate of Internal Security introduced by Zinichev to purge EMERCOM
Evgeny Zinichev Photo: RBC

The Directorate will control all departments of the body, its central office, as well as “other organizations established to fulfill the tasks and exercise the powers assigned to the Ministry.”

The new Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Evgeny Zinichev has introduced the Main Directorate of Internal Security in the body’s central office, RBC reports referring to a source in the Ministry. Previously, a small department was in charge of the security issues in the EMERCOM. The department’s staff was increased to 40 employees, and Stanislav Tsekhanov was appointed its Head. 

RBC’s source says that the new Directorate will purge the body’s ranks. The MIA Main Directorate of Internal Security’s duties includes ensuring internal security and counteracting corruption. It will control all departments of the body, its central office, as well as “other organizations established to fulfill the tasks and exercise the powers assigned to the Ministry.”

It is reported that the project of the EMERCOM central office’s organizational and staff structure is under review for agreement by the minister. It was prepared by First Deputy Minister Aleksandr Chupriyan.

Evgeny Zinichev was appointed Head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in May 2018. Before that, since October 2016, he served as Deputy Director of the FSB. After joining the EMERCOM, Zinichev announced a comprehensive audit and enhanced the internal security in the Ministry.

The EMERCOM leadership was replaced after the fire at the Zimnyaya Vishnya mall in Kemerovo in March 2018. The fire claimed the lives of 60 people, including 41 children. According to the victims’ families, the work of the rescue operation at the mall was inefficient. In mid-April, former EMERCOM Head Vladimir Puchkov resigned. According to RBC’s sources, the fire was the ‘last complain’ of the federal leadership against Puchkov.

After his appointment, Zinichev replaced some deputy ministers. In particular, First Deputy Vladimir Stepanov was dismissed; he was replaced by Colonel-General Aleksandr Chupriyan. Head of the Moscow department of the Federal Treasury, Andrey Gurovich, was appointed another Deputy Minister. A source reported that Gurovich's appointment is due to his ‘profile knowledge.’ Also, according to various sources, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika’s Assistant for Special Assignments Aleksey Cherco was appointed Deputy Minister. His name is not yet on the Ministry's website.

According to the regulations on the Ministry of Emergency Situations approved by the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, the head of the Ministry can have up to eight deputies. According to the new staffing, there will be seven of them: First Deputy, State Secretary, Deputy on Preparation of Responsive Units, Deputy Operations Officer, Deputy on Supervisory Activities, Deputy on Financial Support, and Deputy on Construction, Material, and Technical, and Medical Support. The posts of all deputies, except for the State Secretary, will correspond to the rank of Colonel-General of Internal Service. Currently, this is the title given to Aleksandr Chupriyan, whereas Evgeny Zinichev is General-Lieutenant.

According to the organizational and staff structure project by Chupriyan, there will be four main departments in the Ministry, rather than one; this includes the department of fire and rescue forces, supervision department, innovative development, and internal security department. In total, there will be 11 departments in the Ministry’s central office.

After a number of high-profile criminal cases, the development department was abolished. In April 2018, the department’s former Director, Aleksandr Tomashov, was arrested on on charges of misuse 1.74 billion rubles ($27.9 million). 

According to the staffing schedule, there will be a total of 817 employees, including 480 civilian officials, 96 military personnel, and 241 federal firefighters in the EMERCOM’s central office. It is noteworthy that according to the presidential decree of 2016, the maximum number of employees of the Ministry’s central office is 825 people.

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