Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree appointing Major General Andrey Kurenkov as head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. Document publishedon the Kremlin website.
how informed Deputy Alexander Khinshtein, Kurenkov has until now served as deputy director of the National Guard, he served in the FSB and the FSO.
The Federation Council has previously approved Kurenkov’s candidacy submitted by Putin for the post of head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. TASS informs, that support was unanimous.
The department has been without a leader since September last year, when the former head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Yevgeny Zinichev, died.
Kurenkov, before his appointment, was the deputy director of the National Guard. He practically did not speak publicly and was not widely known. Previously, he served in the FSB and the Federal Security Service, including guarding Vladimir Putin. Social media users are publishing photos taken several years ago, which Kurenkov got together with Putin.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin knew Kurenkov from the latter’s work in the FSO, but did not provide details. The former head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the deceased Yevgeny Zinichev, also previously worked in the protection of Vladimir Putin. According to the official version, he died, unsuccessfully trying to save a man, as a result, both of them fell off a cliff. Zinichev was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia star. After his death, the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations was not appointed for more than six months, the department was temporarily headed by Alexander Chupriyan.