Putin appoints ex-Duma Speaker chief of foreign intel service

22:10, 22 September 2016
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Sergey Naryshkin head of the SVR Foreign Intelligence Service, according to RBC.

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Putin made the proposal during a meeting with Naryshkin and the current head of the SVR Mikhail Fradkov, reads the report.

Naryshkin told Putin that he considered his offer "as an assignment of the Head of State".

Read alsoU.S. Congress Intel Committee: Snowden no "whistleblower"Earlier, Naryshkin was elected to the State Duma of the seventh convocation in a single-mandate constituency No.112 "Leningrad Oblast - Kingisepp" as well as through the federal list of "Yedinaya Rossiya [United Rusia] Party. He declined a State Duma mandate in connection with the new appointment.

Earlier, media reported that First Deputy Head of Presidential Administration Vyacheslav Volodin would be nominated for the post of the Speaker of the State Duma on September 24 at a joint meeting of the General Council and the Higher Council of Yedinaya Rossiya.

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