The former head of the Central election Commission Vladimir Churov was appointed Ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia. About it in interview of radio station “Echo of Moscow” has informed the official representative of the foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
Churov himself said to “Interfax” that the statements Zakharova have not seen. “No I have “scabs” on this point. I am a pensioner”, — said the supervisor of the Agency.
In his new position, the supervisor will be engaged in observing the election to the authorities of foreign countries, said Zakharov.
A group of ambassadors for special assignments of the foreign Ministry included diplomats with the rank of Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ambassador extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the first and second classes. The rank of the supervisor is the special envoy of the foreign Ministry, Zakharova said. On the websites of the Kremlin and foreign Ministry documents of assignment Churov rank is not in the list of holders of diplomatic ranks on the foreign Ministry website Churov also no.
The status of the foreign Ministry Ambassador for special assignments had, for example, a former spetssredstva Russia in the contact group on Ukraine Azamat kulmuhametov.
Churov headed the Central election Commission since 2007, in March 2016 it was replaced by the former Commissioner for human rights Ella Pamfilova. The opposition has repeatedly criticized Churov during his tenure as head of the CEC for lack of response to reports of violations during the elections. The resignation of Churov was one of the demands of protesters during rallies against falsifications in the Duma elections of 2011.
Predecessor Churov also continued his career in the diplomatic service. Former Central election Commission Chairman Alexander Veshnyakov, who headed the Agency from 1999 to 2007, in 2008 he was appointed Ambassador of Russia in Latvia, a position that he still works.