MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) - Disbanding of Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Protection of Consumer Rights and Human Wellbeing after the departure of agency head Gennady Onishchenko is out of question, said a spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets.
Alexey Levchenko, from the deputy premier's press office, spoke to dismiss media reports, quoting unidentified sources, that the agency, Rospotrebnadzor, might be disbanded after Onishchenko was relieved of his duties. Talk of his departure followed expiry of a year-long contract negotiated with the official on reaching the age of 60.
Reports had said functions of state sanitary epidemiological, agricultural and healthcare surveillance would be given to regional authorities, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) and the Russian Ministry of Healthcare respectively. Media was also reporting that Onishchenko would likely remain as Russia’s chief sanitary doctor even after his replacement from the Rospotrebnadzor chair.
Onishchenko duties are being undertaken by Anna Popova, appointed as the agency's acting head according to a decree from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Moves to appoint a new chief executive would be announced later, said a spokesman for Medvedev's office.