Staff reshuffle to be carried out at Federal Security Service

Staff reshuffle to be carried out at Federal Security Service

First deputy head of the Federal Security Service Sergey Smirnov is expected to stand down, and head of the Economic Security Service Sergey Korolev is likely to replace him.

Major staff reshuffle is going to be carried out among senior executives of the Federal Security Service, reports Rosbalt with reference to 3 sources within security services. First deputy head of the Federal Security Service Sergey Smirnov is probably going to stand down, and head of the Economic Security Service Sergey Korolev is likely to replace him.

Sergey Smirnov has been the first deputy head of the Federal Security Service since 2003. Before that, he had been a deputy head of the Security Service. Smirnov has been working with the central board of the Federal Security Service since 1998. He started as a head of the Internal Security Directorate. He is going to turn 70 in October, 2020.

In case Sergey Korolev becomes the first deputy head of the Federal Security Service, his assistant Sergey Alapatov is expected to take his place.

In early May, head of the Internal Security Directorate Aleksey Komkov stood down and became a deputy head of the Counterintelligence Service of the Federal Security Service. It is unknown who’s going to replace him, so far.

The Internal Security Directorate had carried out an operation into detention of a head of the ‘banking’ department of the ‘K’ directorate of the Federal Security Service Kirill Cherkalin and a former head of the same department Dmitry Frolov. Cash and valuables worth of 12 billion rubles ($183.5 million) during the searches in the apartments and offices of the suspects.

The investigation theory is that from October, 2013, up to February, 2015, Cherkalin received - through an intermediary - $850 thousand - for committment of an action and non-action in support of the bribe-giver and a commercial structure, as well as for common protection” from a businessman Nazarov. Besides that, Cherkalin is suspected of 490 billion rubles ($7.4 billion) swindling. Cherkalin’s predecessor Dmitry Frolov was arrested in the same case. The investigation theory is that the accused told a head of a construction company Sergey Glyadelkin he would be criminally prosecuted. In order to avoid the prosecution, the businessman gave them a share in the authorized capital of OOO Yurpromkonsalting worth at least 490 billion rubles ($7.4 billion).

Sources of Rosbalt report that Cherkalin and Frolov can also be accused of taking bribes and mediation while giving bribes from CEOs and owners of a few banks “for common protection.” One of the sources says that at the present time, there are 3 banks indicated in the case. These banks - including Trust that was placed under resolution in March, 2018, and Jugra (its license was terminated in summer, 2017) - could pay a large amount.

Besides that, employees of the Internal Security Directorate had detained Colonel of the ’T’ directorate of the Internal Security Directorate of Russia’s Federal Security Service Matveev. He was accused of taking a bribe worth of 300 thousand rubles ($4.5 thousand) from a person who wanted to be hired with the Security Department of the Russian Railways. Court arrested Matveev who supervised the Russian Railways. The operatives’ reports stated Matveev had been a relative of one of the high-ranking employees of the Federal Security Service. Later, court released the Colonel, as it had found that the arrest had been wrongful.

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