MOSCOW, August 18. /TASS/. Russian Railways’ CEO Vladimir Yakunin has expressed hope that the company and the whole national railroad industry will continue working efficiently after he leaves his post.
That is according to the telegram Yakunin addressed to the managers and workers of the railroad industry dated August 17 obtained by TASS.
"I am asking the whole staff of railroad workers to be as responsible and effective in their work as they are now. I am confident that your expertise, sense of partnership and invaluable experience will serve the interests of the motherland and further well-being of all the people," Yakunin said in the telegram.
In the telegram Yakunin also confirmed his decision to leave the company for the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament.
On Monday, Nikolay Tsukanov, acting governor of the Kaliningrad region, put forward Vladimir Yakunin as a candidate to the members of the Federation Council from that region. Other candidates are Mayor of Kaliningrad Alexander Yaroshuk and the current member of the Federation Council Oleg Tkach.
Under the Russian law, newly elected leaders of the regions appoint the representatives to the Federation Council. A governor appoints a senator not later than the next day after his inauguration.
The election of the governor of the Kaliningrad region will be held on September 13.
On Monday, Russian Railways’ President Vladimir Yakunin gave his written consent to become a candidate to the post of the senator from the Kaliningrad region.