President sacks Arkhangelsk chief of police

Russian police (Photo illustration: Atle Staalesen)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is stepping up the replacement of leaders in the Interior Ministry. Now the turn has come to Arkhangelsk.


Medvedev in a decree last week announced that Sergei Kozlov, leader of the Arkhangelsk Department of interior affairs is dismissed from his post. Kozlov has served in the post since 2005. He will be replaced by by Pavel Gorchakov, the presidential administration informs.

Mr. Goncharov comes from the post as leader of the interior ministry in the neighboring Vologda Oblast.

The reason for the reshuffle in the Arkhangelsk interior authorities is not specified. However, what is clear is that President Medvedev is stepping up the replaceent of leaders of the Interior Ministry, both on federal level and in the regions. Over the last weeks, the president has announced a significant number of changes in the upper echelons of the Russian police, as well as in other law enforcement authorities.

The dismissed Arkhangelsk police boss is however unlikely to remain without work. According to, Kozlov will be offered a post in the federal Interior Ministry in Moscow.