St. Petersburg police chief writes resignation report

St. Petersburg police chief writes resignation report
Konstantin Vlasov

Konstantin Vlasov will be replaced by Colonel Dmitry Baranov.

The police chief of MIA’s Main Directorate for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, Major-General Konstantin Vlasov, wrote a report about his resignation, 78.ru reports. According to the publication’s sources, Vlasov’s duties will be taken by the deputy head of the MIA Directorate for the Leningrad region, police colonel Dmitry Baranov.

It is also reported that the head of the Audit Department Leonid Sidorov also resigns.

Vlasov has been working in law enforcement since 1991. In 2009, he became the head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the MIA’s Main Directorate for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region. After the reform of the internal affairs bodies in 2012, Vlasov took the post of deputy chief of the MIA’s Main Directorate for the city and region. In 2014, by decree of the Russian president, he was promoted to major-general.

In April 2019, an inspection from the MIA’s central office, headed by General Eduard Sobol arrived at the St. Petersburg Main Directorate. The check revealed numerous violations. The head of Economic Crimes Unit Aleksey Brilliantov and his deputy Denis Mikhailov were suspended. 

Also, as a result of the check, some heads of district departments were dismissed, in particular, head of the MIA’s Central Department Vyacheslav Mironkin, deputy head of the 76th Department of St. Petersburg police Feyzulla Heydarov, and head of the MIA Department for the Vsevolozhsk District Alexander Suharikov. The latter resigned himself after reprimand for “unfit appearance.” 

The new head of the regional Main Directorate Roman Plugin was appointed to the position by presidential decree on February 28, 2019. Prior to that, he worked in Moscow and the Moscow Region: since 2013, he headed the MIA Directorate for SAD, a little earlier served as head of the Special Operations Department of the MIA’s Main Investigative Directorate, and since 2011, he was the first deputy head of the MIA Directorate for the Zelenograd Administrative District. During his service in law enforcement agencies he was awarded the medals “For valor in service” and “For military cooperation”. It was reported that Plugin’s candidacy for the post of chief of the St. Petersburg Main Directorate was proposed to the president personally by minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

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