Resignation of MIA’s Migration Dept head resignation may be associated with “Skripal poisoners”
Major General Olga Kirillova was reportedly dismissed along with other high-ranking officials, although this information has not been officially confirmed.
Olga Kirillova, head of the Migration Dept of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, was dismissed by a presidential decree. Komsomolskaya pravda reports this with reference to its own sources.
It is worth noting that at the moment, the resignation of Major General Kirillova has not been officially confirmed. On the website of the Ministry, she is still listed as the head the Migration Department.
Meanwhile, a number of Telegram channels referred to the Presidential Decree No. 762, according to which 17 high-ranking security officials, including Kirillova, were resigned.
It is reported that this decree was signed on December 28, but it is not available on the website of legal information and kremlin.ru its yet.
Olga Evgenievna Kirillova was appointed as Head of the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation on April 13, 2016, replacing Konstantin Romodanovsky, who had been heading the Federal migration service of Russia that was abolished on April 5, for 11 years. Prior to this appointment, Kirillova had been heading Moscow’s office of the Federal Migration Service for 4 years, and Sakhalin Region’s office of the Federal Migration Service before that.
Recall that in September 2018, as a result of a joint investigation of the Bellingcat and The Insider, domestic and international passports of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the alleged Skripal poisoners, were published on the Internet. Basing on this information, the authors of the investigation concluded that Petrov and Boshirov are employees of the Russian special services.
Six months ago, no one could predict the state of the MIA General Administration for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region by the time of the forthcoming elections. After the appointment of Moscow general Roman Plugin in charge of it, the St. Petersburg police has undergone significant changes. Major general of justice Oleg Antropov, Head of the Main Investigations Directorate, is ‘the last man standing’ from the old command of the MIA General Administration. Most probably, he is going to become the next victim of ‘janitor’ Plugin.