The Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed the Deputy Minister of education of the Russian Federation Alexey Lopatin after his election as academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). He lost his job the same day, when Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the four employees of the office of the President, the FSB, the defense Ministry and interior Ministry, who became members of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

About what Medvedev signed a decree on the release Lopatina from the post of Deputy Minister “upon his request”, the press service of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers, reports RIA “Novosti”. It specified that the officer decided to continue the scientific activity, and Medvedev, signing the decree, wished him success.

As follows from the lists published on the website of the RAS, Alexey Lopatin became a candidate academician of the Department of biological Sciences and the results of the elections in the Academy, which ended October 28, 2016, was elected academician. Was endorsed candidates 176 new 323 new academics and corresponding members of Russian Academy of Sciences. New RAS members were 14 representatives of the authorities.

Earlier today, the President dismissed the chief of Department of registration and archival funds of the Federal security service of the Russian Federation the General-Lieutenant Vasily hristoforova and dismissed him from military service on reaching age limit of stay on military service.
Resigned at his own request was sent Konstantin Kotenko, who held the post of Deputy Manager of the President of the Russian Federation, the chief of medical management Manager of the Russian President, Alexander Fisun, who led the main military medical Directorate of the Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation Alexander Savenkov was in the post of Deputy Minister of internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, head of the investigation Department of the Ministry of interior.

Last week Putin saidthat at the end of 2015, requested the authorities to refrain from participating in the elections to the Russian Academy of Sciences, and demanded that the head of the Academy Vladimir Fortov explanation why it happened contrary to his recommendations.

When it became known about the presidential decree, the Kremlin confirmed that the dismissal was connected with the elections. When reporters asked the press Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov, why Lopatin was relieved of his post, Peskov said that the issue is within the competence of the head of government.

The head of the RAS Vladimir Fortov said radio “Life sound”that I fully agree with the installation of Putin and that the decision to dismiss the officials “this is not some repressive measures, it is a normal business approach.” “Those with whom I managed to talk, saying, “Yes, we’re going to do science,” said FORTS.

To the question, how significant are their contributions to science, the FORTS replied that “they were elected and so they passed all the stages of competition” and will be useful to science.

Medvedev fired became a member of the RAS, Deputy Minister of education 28.11.2016

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