Putin fires 16 generals of law enforcement bodies
Vladimir Putin signed a decree on dismissal of 16 MIA, MES and ICR generals. The reason for the reshuffle is not specified. By the same decree the President appointed a new Prosecutor of the Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree, according to which the generals of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) and the Investigative Committee (ICR) were dismissed. The document was published on Thursday, February 2, in the information portal of legal information.
In particular, the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Police Major General Kazimir Botashev, the Head of fire and rescue forces and special units of the Russian Emergency Ministry, Lieutenant-General Alexander Agafonov, lost their posts.
Also, the decree removed from office heads of several Regional Emergency Center. Among them there are the Head of the North Caucasian Regional Emergency Center, Major General Nikolay Lityuk, the Head of the Ural regional center, Lieutenant-General Sergey Miroshnichenko, as well as the Head of the Volga and Far Eastern regional center, Colonel-General Igor Panshin and Lieutenant General Alexander Soloviev.
His office also lost the Head of the Investigative Department of the ICR in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District in Yugra, Major General Arkady Syngaevsky.
Two other generals of the Ministry of Emergency Situations – the Head of the Department of Territorial Policy, Yuri Kovalev, and Head of EMERCOM in Buryatia Viktor Mikhailov – were dismissed from the military service.
By the same decree Putin appointed Oleg Kamshilov as the new Prosecutor of the Crimea. The new Head of the Investigation Department of the ICR in Sevastopol became Viktor Tanifu.
The reason for the reshuffle is unknown.
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