2 Oct 2019 14:33

Kremlin denies order dismissing Federal Penitentiary Service head

MOSCOW. Oct 2 (Interfax) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied that Federal Penitentiary Service Director Gennady Korniyenko has been dismissed by an executive order of President Vladimir Putin.

"There is no such order, it has not been published," Peskov said in response to a request from journalists for comment on reports of Korniyenko's dismissal.

An informed source told Interfax earlier that Korniyenko had reached the maximum age for a civil servant, 65, and was relieved of duties for that reason.

Moscow Public Monitoring Commission Deputy Chairperson Eva Merkacheva confirmed the information to Interfax.

According to the agency website, Korniyenko was born in the town of Lakhdenpokhya in Karelia on September 30, 1954. He has a higher technical and vocational education and a Ph.D. in law.

Before 2001, Col. Gen. Korniyenko worked in security services. He was deputy director of the Federal Guard Service in 2001-2002, and served as the director of the State Courier Service in 2002-2012.

Korniyenko has state awards.

He was appointed Federal Penitentiary Service Director by a presidential order on June 25, 2012.