The Kremlin found a replacement for Pavel Astakhov

The Kremlin found a replacement for Pavel Astakhov


Commissioner for the rights of the child Pavel Astakhov will retire on September 9, said two people in the presidential administration. The decision on its dismissal was made in the end of June, but then it just went on vacation until 8 September — on this date falls the 50th anniversary of the Ombudsman, said earlier interlocutors . According to them, immediately after the celebration Astakhov has to leave and in his place was supposed to find in this time a new person.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reiterated to journalists the information about the resignation of the Commissioner, but on Thursday refused to comment. The press service of the Ombudsman on the question of resignation of the Ombudsman after the anniversary said that “all work in the normal mode and the schedule planned before the end of the year.”

The selection of a mate was for a long time, as a result there are two candidates — the head of the Association of organizations in the protection of the family Anna Kuznetsova and the President of the charity Fund “Volunteers in aid to children-orphans” Elena Olshansky, said the source . According to them, most likely, the choice will be made in favor of the first. On Thursday evening, Kuznetsova did not answer calls of the correspondent . Ol’shanskaya at the time of delivery of the material also did not respond to calls .

To the right of the President

Anna Kuznetsova’s 34 years old. In 2010, she created a Fund to support the family, motherhood and childhood “Pokrov”, and in 2015 — the Association of the protection of the family. This year her “Cover” was one of the operators presidential grants to support NGOs, it needs to allocate for the year 420 million rubles.

Kuznetsova have good contacts with human rights defenders and Public chamber, and presidential administration, says the interlocutor in the Kremlin. She is a member of the popular front, headed by the Executive Committee of the Penza branch of the Front. Spring Kuznetsova won the primaries “United Russia” in the Penza region and got into the election list of the party in the Duma elections. It is included in the affinity group which brings together Penza, Volgograd, Saratov and Tambov region. At the head of this group — first Deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin, who is in charge in the Kremlin, the work of the commissioners. At the Congress of “United Russia” on 27 June Kuznetsova was sitting at the right hand of President Vladimir Putin (on the left was the party leader, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev).

The head of the Association of organizations in the protection of the family Anna Kuznetsova, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (left to right) at the Congress of the party “United Russia”, 27 June 2016

Photo: Mikhail Japaridze/TASS

Kuznetsova, the mother of six children, is a passionate person, explains the interlocutor in the Kremlin. Another interviewee describes her as “very competent, humble and smart.”

When selecting a new Ombudsman in the Kremlin focused on the fact that the image of the person in this position must meet such famous figures as Executive Director of the Fund “Fair aid” Elizaveta Glinka, or the founder of the Fund “give life” actress Chulpan Khamatova, said the source. According to him, they also negotiated for the position of Commissioner, but Glinka has American citizenship, contrary to the law on civil service, and Khamatova was not ready to leave the theatre.

Bad swim

The new Ombudsman must not repeat the mistakes of the former Commissioner Pavel Astakhov, underlines a source in the Kremlin. The decision to resign Astakhov was taken on set of the reasons described earlier, the interlocutors close to presidential administration. Questions to him arose from the anti-corruption Department of the Kremlin. There a suspected conflict of interest involving the activities of the Ombudsman and the business of his son Anton. Astakhov Jr. in 2014, bought an 8.5% stake in the Regional development Bank, in the same year the children’s Ombudsman declared that opens in this Bank account for collecting donations for refugee children from Ukraine.

In addition, the displeasure of the Kremlin leadership caused frequent trips Astakhov abroad and his unsuccessful statements, the source continues. Commenting on reports of which caused a public discussion of the wedding of 17-year-old resident of the village of Baytarki Kheda-Louise Goylabievoy and 57-year-old head of the police Department Nozhai-Yurt district of Chechnya Nagada guchigova, Astakhov decided to talk about early puberty in the Caucasus: “There are places where women are already 27 years shriveled, and by our standards it under 50”. And in June this year after the death of the children during the summer holidays on the Syamozero Commissioner asked the survivors: “Well, how was your swim?”

It was after this statement, the interlocutors spoke about the imminent dismissal of the Commissioner. He Astakhov said at the beginning “Газете.Ru” that information about his resignation — “utter nonsense”. But on 1 July he told the channel that he had “very serious” conversation with the President, after which he wrote a letter of resignation.

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