Putin fired the head of the Federal Penitentiary Service
Vladimir Putin dismissed Lieutenant General Alexander Kalashnikov from the post of head of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). He held this position for two years. The resignation took place against the backdrop of a scandal with torture of prisoners in the Saratov colony and the publication by human rights defenders of records of bullying in colonies in other regions.
- Before joining the FSIN, Kalashnikov served in the state security agencies of the USSR and Russia, including the head of the FSB departments in Komi and the Krasnoyarsk Territory. An RBC source close to the Interior Ministry said that since his appointment as director of the FSIN, Kalashnikov was considered a creature of the FSB leadership. Now in its place comes Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia Arkady Gostev. Two RBC sources close to the FSIN said that the appointment of a high-ranking Interior Ministry official to the post of head of the service could mean a transfer of de facto control over the prison system in Russia from the FSB to the Interior Ministry.
- According to a RBC source, Colonel-General Gostev is a member of the inner circle of Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev. “Kolokoltsev patronized his deputy, and this is due to his entourage, most of whom are from the Ryazan region,” the source said. Gostev was born in 1961 in the Shatsk district of the Ryazan region. Since the 1980s, he has served in Moscow’s law enforcement agencies.
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Rashkin deprived of parliamentary immunity
The head of the Moscow city committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, Valery Rashkin, was deprived of parliamentary immunity, 343 deputies voted in support of this decision, 55 were against, two abstained. A criminal case was opened against him on charges of illegal hunting. Rashkin, in his defense, says that he killed the moose by accident, confusing it with a wild boar.
- At the plenary session of the State Duma, where the fate of Rashkin was decided, Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov spoke. In his speech, he called Rashkin’s behavior “clumsy attempts to mislead law enforcement officers.” In response, the deputy said that he considers his persecution to be political.
- Removal of immunity will make it possible to initiate a criminal case against the deputy and conduct investigative actions against him. In addition, Rashkin will be able to be brought to administrative responsibility under Article 12.26 of the Administrative Code, according to which refusal to obtain a medical examination is equated to drunk driving and is punishable by a fine of 30 thousand rubles. and deprivation of rights for one and a half to two years.
What else happened today
- Angela Merkel did not rule out the introduction of new sanctions against Russia in the event of a further aggravation of the situation around Ukraine.
- Parliament of North Ossetia is the first of the legislative assemblies of the regions voted against bills on QR codes. And then voted and yet approved of it.
- The first meeting on the liquidation of the international “Memorial” (recognized by an NGO-foreign agent) lasted several hours, after which, in the hearings announced break until December 14.
- The level of debt burden of Russians for all types of loans and borrowings reached a new record for the entire observation period – 10.24%, reported Bank of Russia.
- A special Rostec squadron for extinguishing forest fires, formed on behalf of Vladimir Putin, will receive the first aircraft in 2023, the state corporation said.