Arthur Chilingarov has denied media reports about his departure from the state Duma

Oceanographer and Explorer of the Arctic regions Arthur Tchilingarov, denied earlier the TV channel “Rain” about his intention to leave the State Duma. He stated that it was “not true” and he “first heard” about it.

“I’m not going to leave,” said Chilingarov.

A source in United Russia said that during the autumn session of the leadership of the faction discussed the care of the Duma Chilingarov “for personal reasons”. Familiar Chilingarov said that he was going to fold mandate “for health reasons”. In November, the media reported that Chilingarov was in the hospital with a sharp pain.

Previously, the TV channel “Rain” has published a comment Chilingarov, in which he reported his resignation from the post of the Deputy of the state Duma. In the publication it was argued that the reason for the decision of resignation became the reasons of a personal nature. The interlocutors of “Rain” claimed that due to the age of the Deputy “it’s not easy to sit all day in plenary meetings”. Chilingarov himself the fact of his communication with the journalists of the TV channel has not confirmed.

Artur Chilingarov, first elected to the State Duma in 1993 and became Deputy Chairman of the state Duma and a member of the defense Committee.

In 1998 Chilingarov became part of the political Council created by former Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s movement “Fatherland”. In December 2001, Chilingarov was elected member of the Supreme Council of the party “United Russia”.

In August 2012, Chilingarov was appointed the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Part of the sixth convocation of the state Duma Chilingarov was not included by going to the Federation Council, but returned to the lower house of the Parliament after the autumn elections in 2016. In the last parliamentary elections Chilingarov headed the party list of “United Russia” in Krasnoyarsk region and Republic Tyva.

In September 2016 Arthur Chilingarov was 77 years old. Since its first appearance in the state Duma has passed more than 20 years. Arthur Chilingarov for his many years of research activities were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation