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Russian Lawmaker Klintsevich Resigns Defense Committee Post

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A prominent Russian lawmaker has resigned from his post as deputy chairman of the Russian Federation Council's defense committee, saying unnamed critics did not like his "openness," Russian media reported on February 12, RFE/RL reports.

Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Defense and Security Committee in the upper house of the Russian parliament, did not elaborate on his reason for resigning, but told the Kommersant daily that “apparently, not everyone at the Federation Council liked my openness.”

The Federation Council will consider whether to approve Klintsevich's resignation at a plenary session on February 14, Russian media reported.

Klintsevich was cited by Russian media earlier this month as claiming that preliminary Russian intelligence determined that a Russian Su-25 warplane was shot down over Syria on February 3 by Syrian rebels who used a Soviet-designed Igla MANPAD shoulder-launched missile.

A militant group called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham claimed responsibility for the downing, saying a shoulder-launched missile had been used.

 

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