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SEVASTOPOL, August 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he would meet with Vladimir Yakunin to discuss his resignation as the Russian Railways (RZD) chief.
"This is his choice. Every person looks at his future as he deems appropriate. Vladimir Ivanovich [Yakunin] has long and successfully been working as the RZD head and you are right: this is an important infrastructural company. But I’ll still talk to him. Now he is on vacation and we’ll discuss this when he returns," Putin told journalists.
Media reports earlier said acting Governor of the Kaliningrad Region Nikolai Tsukanov had offered Yakunin’s candidature for a seat in the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, and received his consent.
Yakunin sent a telegram to the managers and employees of the Russian Railways on Tuesday to confirm he had received a proposal to join the Federation Council. He also said a final decision would be made by the country’s leadership.
Head of the Federation Council Committee for the Work Procedure and Parliamentary Activity Vadim Tyulpanov told TASS that if Yakunin was elected a Federation Council member, he would have to quit the post of the RZD chief no later than the day he took the senator’s seat.
Under the Federation Council’s work procedure, a decision on granting powers to a Federation Council member as a representative of an executive state authority in a particular Russian region should be taken by the region’s newly elected head "no later than the day following the day of his inauguration." This decision needs to be formalized by a corresponding decree of the head of a region.
The elections of the governor of the Kaliningrad Region will be held on Russia’s Single Voting Day on September 13.