Ex-Russian Railways chief Yakunin unwilling to be appointed Federation Council member

"I believe a person can be as useful to society and to themselves as possible only when they use the sum of knowledge and experience that they possess," Yakunin told journalists.

Russian Railways Ex-President Vladimir Yakunin. Source: TASS

Former Russian Railways chief Vladimir Yakunin says he will ask newly-elected Kaliningrad region Governor Nikolai Tsukanov not to appoint him the region's representative at the Federation Council.

"I believe a person can be as useful to society and to themselves as possible only when they use the sum of knowledge and experience that they possess," Yakunin told journalists.

"Over more than 20 years, I have worked in major Russian non-governmental organizations, such as the Andrew the First-Called Foundation, the National Glory Center, and international organizations, such as the Dialogue of Civilizations world public forum," Yakunin said.

"This expertise and this knowledge prompt me to make certain decisions," he said.

"I consulted my friends, colleagues, and the leadership, and they supported me in this decision, and I would like to ask the newly-elected Kaliningrad region governor today not to appoint me the Kaliningrad region representative in the Federation Council," he said.

"I hope I'll be able to continue being useful to society and concentrate on expert-scientific activities and public activities, primarily in the area of international ties, international relations, and inter-civilization dialogue between societies," he said.

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