Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov confirmed that on Thursday appointed head of the Kaliningrad region Evgeny Senichev previously worked in the presidential security Service (SBP). On specifying question, whether affected the decision of the President Senicheva experience in the security services, Peskov said: “Yes.” He worked for several years in the security Service of the President, he was his aide-de-camp, said a source close to the Kremlin.
Published on the official website of the Kaliningrad government Senicheva biography says nothing about his service in protecting the President. In 2015 he became the head of management of FSB across the Kaliningrad region, from 1987 to 2015, according to his official biography, “he served in various positions in the organs of state security”. “The official biography is on our website,” he answered the question the head of the press service of the government of the Kaliningrad region Larisa Polyakova.
That Senichev previously worked in the Federal security service (FSO, it includes SBP) on Friday drew attention to the publication “New Kaliningrad. Journalists have studied the photos from the photobank service TASS, which Senichev accompanies the President in official trips to Yaroslavl and Ivanovo in 2006 and 2010. Senichev in these photos, TASS was named the FSO. On other photos he was labeled as “FSB”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (foreground, left), Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov, the chief bodyguard of the President of the Russian Federation the General-Colonel Viktor Zolotov (from left to right in the background) and a member of the FSB Evgeny Senichev (on the left in the background) during a working visit of the Russian President in Yaroslavl region, October 2006
Photo: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS
Russian President Vladimir Putin (foreground) and a member of the FSB Evgeny Senichev (right) during a visit to the Ivanovo regional clinical hospital, November 2010
Photo: Vladimir Smirnov/TASS
According to the interlocutor close to the Kremlin, there is nothing surprising in the fact that the President appoints former employees of his security for governors. They are well familiar to him and enjoy his confidence, he said.
Sinchew — promising officer of the FSB, which a year ago was transferred specifically to direct the local Department of the FSB, to prepare for the Governor’s office, according to a source close to the Kremlin. In addition, the appointment Senicheva is intended to solve the difficult political situation in Kaliningrad, where recently there was a struggle between different elite groups, says one of the interlocutors.
Senichev was the third Governor — a native of FSO. In February 2016, the acting Governor of the Tula region became Alexey Dyumin. Prior to that, he briefly worked as a Deputy defense Minister, and also held the post of first Deputy commander of the Land forces.
Earlier Dyumin was mentioned in the media as an employee of the security Service of the President. “The security service of the President we were gods! I went to one head of Department and asked. Say: take me, I want you! And got to control personal protection”, — Dyumin told in interview to the newspaper “Kommersant” about how got into Putin’s protection.
On 28 July, appointed Putin to the post of Governor of the Yaroslavl region, former Deputy Minister of internal Affairs Dmitry Mironov also a native of the FSO. According to his official biography, from 1990 to 2013, he served in the KGB and organs of state security. “Kommersant” argued that he also served in the SBP and was one of the personal aides to Putin.
Earlier, the interlocutors close to the Kremlin, said that the new governors enjoy the confidence of the President and he is testing them to work for the next political cycle in 2018, when the presidential elections will take place.