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New interior minister introduced to Tatarstan police

May 04, 2012, 13:11 UTC+3

Previous Interior Minister Asgat Safarov resigned in connection with an incident in the Dalny police precinct in Kazan

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KAZAN, May 4 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Deputy Interior Minister Sergei Gerasimov on Friday introduced to the law enforcement personnel of Tatarstan new republic’s Interior Minister of Artem Khokhorin. President of the republic Rustam Minnikhanov attended the ceremony.

“Interior Major-General Artem Khokhorin is an insider in Tatarstan. He was born, studied, entered the police service there,” Gerasimov said. Teachers of School No 131 where he studied “remember him as a good pupil, as the boy never fought, although he had a degree in boxing,” the deputy minister said.

The deputy minister stressed that Khokhorin is a highly skilled specialist who always seeks to introduce innovations in the work. In Tatarstan he has implemented the latest security technologies and in nine years he has advanced from the rank of a lieutenant to deputy minister.

“The interior minister of the republic is appointed in difficult times,” President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov added. “But we have provided and will continue to provide all possible assistance to the public order agencies.” In his view, “Stability and security are the main factors for the positive development of the republic.”

Artem Khokhorin was born on July 30, 1970 in Kazan, into a family of clerks. In 1987 he graduated from physics and mathematics school No 131 in Kazan. He has higher education - in 1993 he graduated from Kazan State University, in 1999 – from the Law Institute of the Russian Interior Ministry.

Khokhorin has served in the internal affairs bodies since 1993. From 1993 to 1996 he was detective officer, then senior detective officer of the Criminal Investigation Department of Tatarstan. In 1997-2002 he was deputy head of the department on combating drug trafficking, head of the information and analytical search police department of Tatarstan’s Interior Ministry. In 2002-2008 - Deputy Minister – Chief of Staff of the Interior Ministry of Tatarstan. In 2008-2011 – Interior Minister of the Mary El republic. He has recently worked as head of the organisational and analytical department of the Russian Interior Ministry.

He is married, with three sons and a daughter.

Tatarstan’s previous Interior Minister Asgat Safarov resigned in connection with an incident in the Dalny police precinct in Kazan where a detained person was tortured to death.

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