Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked Mikhail Fradkov, who left the position of Director of the foreign intelligence Service (SVR) in connection with the retirement, and awarded him the order of St. George IV degree. Simultaneously, October 5, entered into force a decree on the release from office of Fradkov and the appointment to this post Sergey Naryshkin, reports RIA “Novosti”.

“First of all, I would like to thank Mikhail Yefimovich for many years of fruitful work. Under his leadership, the SVR has taken some important steps forward, modernized its structure, created a new unit has significantly increased the authority of the Ministry of our partners and allies,” – said the head of state.

He added that when Fradkov, SVR “flexibly and dynamically react to changes in the international environment, actively contributed to identifying and neutralizing terrorist and other threats to national security.” “I should note that in the most difficult situations Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov has consistently shown restraint and extraordinary intuition, wisdom, where you have to be careful, and where necessary, and determination,” – said Putin.

The President wished the former Director of the SVR success in your future work and announced the awarding of Fradkov, who had headed the Agency since 2007, order of St. George IV class, which is the highest military award of the Russian Federation.

At the end of September it became known that Fradkov was asked to lead the Board of Directors of Russian Railways. According to the press-Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov, Fradkov promoted to the position of President in “the near future”. He is expected to replace Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, who now holds this post.

Putin awarded Fradkov, who left his post as Director of the SVR, the order of St. George 05.10.2016

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