“Please kiss my ass”. Rosneft Press Secretary comments Sechin’s riding with flashing light
Contrary to the Presidential Decree “On Regulation of Usage of Special Signals”, the former Vice Premier and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft continues riding with flashing lights.
Ignoring the ban imposed by President Vladimir Putin in 2012, Igor Sechin, the Chief Executive Officer of Rosneft, continues riding in a car with special signals. Dozhd (Rain) independent TV channel has aired this information citing its sources in the inner circles of Sechin and some unnamed federal functionary.
Mikhail Leontyev, the Rosneft Press Secretary, has commented the information aired by Dozhd as follows: “Please kiss my ass. Assuring you of our eternal esteem”.
To refresh background: the Presidential Decree “On Regulation of Usage of Special Signals” provides a lists of agencies whose officers have the right to use flashing lights on their service vehicles. According to the Decree, the Government is entitled to 32 special signals, Presidential Administration – to 22, while Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation – to 207 rotating beacons. State corporations, including Rosneft, are not listed in the Decree.
Up until 2012, Sechin used to ride in a car with flashing light as a Vice Premier – but heads of state corporations are not entitled to special signals. Alexey Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of Gazprom, also used to ride with a flashing light prior to the Presidential Decree – but then he had to stop using the rotating beacon.
Federal officials interviewed by Dozhd TV channel have supposed that the vehicle with special signal could be provided to the Rosneft CEO by the Federal Protection Service.
The officials have noted that decisions of the Federal Protection Service are not announced in public decrees. Traditionally, vehicles of the Federal Protection Service have license plates with EKX series. The Sechin’s car also has a license plate with this series – E939KX77. According to journalist Anastasia Kashevarova, who had published its photo in front of the Kremlin wall on her Instagram in the end of 2016, Sechin was behind the wheel on that day.
Photo from Instagram of Anastasia Kashevarova
However, representatives of the Federal Protection Service have commented the situation and noted that neither the car, nor the rotating beacon have any connection with their agency.