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Russian Railways CEO will have to leave his post if he becomes Federation Council member

August 17, 2015, 17:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Vladimir Yakunin's candidacy was put forward to join the upper chamber of the Russian parliament

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Vladimir Yakunin

Vladimir Yakunin

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MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. Vladimir Yakunin, head of the Russian Railways company will have to leave his post if he is elected as a member of the Federation Council, Vadim Tyulpanov, head of the Federation Council Committee said on Monday.

Federation Council is the upper chamber of the Russian parliament.

"On the day he is empowered as a senator he /Yakunin/ should leave his post [of the head of Russian Railways]," Tyulpanov said.

Earlier on Monday, Nikolay Tsukanov, acting governor of the Kaliningrad region has 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.

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