A quick resignation: why comes from the security service, Putin retired from politics


On Thursday Vladimir Putin has granted the request of the acting Governor of the Kaliningrad region Yevgeny Senicheva about the transfer to another job, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov. According to him, Senichev addressed to the head of state “with a request for family reasons to transfer him to another job”. What would it be for “other work” — not reported.

On the same day, Putin met with the head of the government of the Kaliningrad region by Anton Alihanova, who was appointed acting Governor. “You know, perhaps, that the acting Governor of the Kaliningrad region Senichev Evgeny for family reasons asks to return him to Moscow. In such cases, to insist on another it is impossible”, — said the President. Alikhanov he called “a man, young but already experienced and with good knowledge of work.”

Eugene Zimichev had been in office the head of the region record time of 70 days. The acting he was appointed on July 28. Because at the time of appointment Senicheva to declare the elections in the region, according to the law has been impossible, the election campaign with his participation were to be held in a single voting day in September 2017.

Figure Senicheva notable because he, as already wrote , from 2006 to 2015 was a personal aide of Putin — an employee of the Federal security service. In June 2015 has held the post of chief of FSB across the Kaliningrad region, became the acting Governor.

For two months his work is most remarkable, memorable than Senichev, was, perhaps, his first and only press briefing shortly after his appointment. The communication with the media, wrote media Kaliningrad, lasted 49 seconds.

According to a source close to the regional authorities, the resignation Senicheva was for the local elite as a complete surprise, especially because the apparent reason for his departure was not: “He doesn’t have time to do anything. Not to say that he distinguished himself as Governor — all the decisions Sinichi took, were of a current nature”.

Senichev has not made large-scale personnel changes, except for appointment to the post of head of the regional government Anton Alikhanov, who was the Deputy Prime Minister, and Deputy Prime Minister Edward Batanova, who previously worked in the government of St. Petersburg.

Publication “New Калининград.Ru” he writes that the last time the public Sinichi appeared on 18 September, taking part in the elections to the state Duma. The last meeting in the region government has spent Alikhanov.

Two sources close to the presidential administration, said that one of the reasons for the resignation Senicheva is that he “found himself in the Governor’s work.” This information was confirmed by a source close to the leadership of the FSB. “Senicheva had huge problems with the publicity, he had avoided her,” says a source close to the Kremlin.

Family problems also took place, said the source close to the leadership of the FSB and the presidential administration. For the combination of these two factors and it was decided to release Sanicheva from the Governor’s job, state the sources .

About the family now former acting Governor nothing is known, except that he was married. A person familiar with Senichevym, says that he has children, but finds it difficult to call their number. “There was talk that his family lives in Kaliningrad, but it was really unclear,” says a source close to the regional authorities. The employees of the Federal security service is not regulated only by the law “On state protection”, but also service regulations. These documents have a high degree of privacy and can adjust including the employee’s right not to disclose information about his personal life.

As an employee of the Federal security service, Senichev was not obliged to publish the Declaration on incomes — such documents must disclose only the Federal officials of the FSB. He didn’t manage to submit data on personal income and assets and the income and assets of spouses as Governor — such data are published in the first half of the year following the specified in the Declaration.

A source close to the leadership of the FSB, said that Senichev now “can go back to state security”. Comment of press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov could not be obtained.

History and Senichevym shows “that the Governor is a political, not bureaucratic,” says the head of Fund “the Petersburg policy” Michael Vinogradov. According to him, in the regional elite gradually formed the opinion that Senichevu is hardly necessary to go on elections, but no one expected that the Kremlin will decide the question of his departure so quickly. “But better ironically takes this history one time than would be ironic (of Senichevym. — ) all these years.”

With regard to the appointment Alikhanov, then, according to the expert, “it is more symmetrical to the problems of the region, however, it is important that the new acting Governor found a style in communication, not just pushing Federal guidelines, as in Kaliningrad, such an approach is irrelevant”.

The acting Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov 30 years. He worked in the Ministry of justice, 2013 in the Ministry of industry as Deputy Director of the Department of state regulation of foreign trade activity. In 2015 he was appointed Chairman of the government of the Kaliningrad region, on 30 July 2016 — a Prime Minister.

With the participation of Alain Mahakavi

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