On January 15, the Bank of Russia announced the dismissal of the first deputy chairman Sergei Shvetsov and vice chairman Dmitry Skobelkin. Officially, this is explained by their decision to continue their career outside the Central Bank.
Shvetsov leaves the post on March 21, and Skobelkin on January 25. Vladimir Chistyukhin, who previously held the position of deputy chairman, has been appointed to the position of first deputy head of the Central Bank Elvira Nabiullina. Philip Gabunia, Director of the Insurance Market Department, has been appointed to replace Skobelkin.
Sources of “Kommersant” notethat Shvetsov’s departure is associated with a number of scandals. Among them is the consideration of his wife as a candidate for the position of head of the National Settlement Depository. In addition, Shvetsov stated in September 2021 that “it’s too late to help pensioners.” In his opinion, citizens need to say goodbye to “socialist principles” and not count on direct support from the state. Nabiullina called this statement “extremely unsuccessful wording.”
An acquaintance of Shvetsov told Kommersant that “a combination of factors, a mass of accumulated contradictions” led to his dismissal. According to him, a number of organizations supervised by the Central Bank were dissatisfied with the official.
Dmitry Skobelkin, according to the source, “well established” the work on combating money laundering. At the same time, another interlocutor of the newspaper noted that his dismissal may be due to the dissatisfaction of representatives of the special services with an active fight against money laundering.
Nabiullina gives high marks to Shvetsov and Skobelkin. She spoke of their “huge contribution” and the “key role” they played in their positions at the Central Bank.
The dismissals of the deputy head of the Central Bank took place shortly before the possible approval by the State Duma of Nabiullina as the head of the Central Bank for a third term.