The first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich has submitted a letter of resignation from the post, remaining as an ordinary Senator and a member of the Committee. His place will be the Senator from Karelia Alexander Rakitin, who until September last year, has held the position of head of Department of FSB of Russia on the Western military district. The question of the appointment Rakitin is Klintsevich will be considered at the meeting of the upper house on February 14.
61-year-old Franz Klintsevich, a retired Colonel of the airborne troops, has been delegated to the Federation Council, administration of the Smolensk region in September 2015. By the time behind the Senator has had four parliamentary terms in the State Duma (2000-2016).
In the summer of 2016 Klintsevich made a sensational statement on the need for parliamentary hearings on the growing popularity in Russia of the game Pokemon GO. Being a candidate of psychological Sciences, the Senator expressed confidence that the catching pocket monsters can be a dangerous tool for the creation of destructive processes.
“Carefully examining, consulting with experts, talking with psychologists, representatives of intelligence agencies, I came to the conclusion that the games, which today is harmless enough known in the West, actually in Russia turns into a dangerous weapon,” said Franz Klintsevich.
In his opinion, in the conditions of waged against Russia information war mobile games can be turned into a “very serious public manipulator”, can become a tool for “shaping public opinion and creating a very serious destructive processes, down to the revolution.”
Today, some observers attribute the resignation of the Klintsevich not with the “revenge pocket monster”, and from the conflict that erupted between him and the head of the organization of invalids of war in Afghanistan by Andrew Chepurny, who complained to President Vladimir Putin on numerous and unreasonable inspections of the Association “Afghans”, ostensibly initiated by Franz Klintsevich. In addition, Chepurnoy claimed that the Senator sent him a letter in which he called the current Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin “the successor”. Klintsevich firmly denied that such a letter, calling him a fake.
However, some experts, for example, the head of the Center of military planning Anatoly Tsiganok, believe that the departure of Franz Klintsevich post may signify even the beginning of his new career turn. “Klintsevich has established itself as a competent specialist and defender of Russia’s interests. – I do not exclude that he will offer to lead one of the Russian regions”.
In turn, the former member of the Federation Council, the state Secretary of the Federal chamber of lawyers Konstantin Dobrynin did not rule out that the resignation could be “too expressive and bellicose statements,” Klintsevich, although it may be simply banal fatigue in middle-aged Senator.
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