According to the ex-head of Russian Railways, Zyuganov's statements about Vladimir Yakunin's stay in Germany are “absolutely false.” He noted that he expects that the head of the Communist Party, “as a decent person”, will bring him a public apology
Former head of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin, in a conversation with RBC, denied reports of his departure to Germany and demanded an apology from the head of the Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov, who, during a speech in the State Duma on April 19, ranked him as a “fifth column”.
“I have never lived and now do not live in Germany, I do not have a residence permit, let alone the citizenship of this country. Country of my permanent residence— Russia, where I am engaged in social and scientific and educational activities. By the way, I read the news that the Communist Party of the Russian Federation “sent me to Germany” while physically being on the Academic Council of the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University, — said Yakunin.
According to the ex-head of Russian Railways, such “stuffing” circulated for a long time, but he deliberately did not respond to them, as they “appeared in sources created to destabilize the situation in our country, or [on] anonymous resources that spread fakes.” He decided to comment on this information after the accusation was made by the leader of the second largest parliamentary party in the Duma.
With accusations against the “fifth column” Zyuganov spoke during the plenary session of the State Duma on April 19. According to him, this is “one of the most dangerous phenomena.” “I saw this fifth column in 1991, when its representatives walked around Moscow in a crowd,” — Zyuganov said.
According to him, he asked to prepare for him a list of recent leaders of the executive branch, “who, at this difficult and extremely dangerous time for all of us, found themselves behind the cordon.”
“In this list— former head of Russian Railways Yakunin, who is in Germany,— Zyuganov said. He also mentioned among those who left Russia, the former Deputy Prime Minister, President of the International Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, the former head of Rosnano; Anatoly Chubais and ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Andrey Kozyrev.
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According to Yakunin, in the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, where he has “friends”, they figured out the situation and called this accusation “a gross mistake of the compilers of the speech.” However, he believes that this is “absolutely false” the statement “does no credit to either the Communist Party or its leader.” “I expect that the appropriate conclusions regarding the compilers of the text will be made in the party itself and, as a decent person, Gennady Andreyevich Zyuganov will publicly apologize to me,” — concluded Yakunin.
In mid-April, Great Britain included Yakunin on its sanctions list. At the same time, in the document he was named President of Russian Railways, although he left this post in August 2015.
Commenting on this event, Yakunin called the compilers of the list incompetent. “I have retired from this position for seven years now, and I am not engaged in any other state or commercial activity. Anyone with Internet access can easily find this information, — Yakunin said.
At the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University. M.V. Lomonosova Yakunin is the head of the Department of Public Policy.
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