The governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, resigned his new adviser for construction and housing and communal services Leonid Simunin 8 hours after the official presentation to the team.
This is reported on April 27, “New Kaliningrad.” Simunin officially worked for less than three days, and presented it to the government this morning. The resignation followed after the media reported that Simunin was involved in the Combat Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN). Its participants were accused of a series of murders.
“I want to say thank you to the media for attentiveness: of course, a person with such an ambiguous experience will not be my adviser. And after this incident I can say that in our country, in principle, the institution of public advisers will need to be either canceled altogether, or seriously revised from the point of view of the decision-maker, “Alikhanov said. He explained that he had appointed Simunin the government apparatus.
Leonid Simunin was interrogated on the case of Ilya Goryachev and the “Fighting Organization of Russian Nationalists” (BORN). He himself admitted that he had several projects with Goryachev, but assured him that he did not know anything about BORN and the murders. In the media, Simunin was at the same time called the curator of the nationalist organization from the presidential administration.
Recall members of the BORN were accused of a series of murders and attempts. In 2011, one of the leaders of the organization, Nikita Tikhonov, was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova. His concubine Evgenia Hassia received 18 years in prison for complicity in the crime. In 2015, the ideologue of BORN Ilya Goryachev was sentenced to life imprisonment.