Denis Pak resigned from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, who in 2018 was beaten in a Moscow cafe by Russian football players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev.
The official headed the department of the automotive industry in the ministry.
According to Vedomosti sources, Pak did not particularly show himself in the position and in general did little of anything useful. Whether the low efficiency was the result of hitting the head with a chair, the journalists did not specify.
RBC announced the dismissal of Pak, citing a source in the government. Officially, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has not yet commented on this information. At the same time, the head of the department of the automotive industry and railway engineering is not listed on the website of the department – only his deputies.
Park took over the department in 2017. The official started quite well: after a year of service, he was awarded the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree. The state appreciated the contribution of Denis Klimentievich to the “Unified Modular Platform” project, which made it possible to create “a wide modular range of domestic cars.”
However, a little later, a black streak began in Pak’s life. His name became known throughout the country not because of the success of the automotive industry, but because of the fight.
In the fall of 2018, the official, along with his colleague, got into a fight in a cafe with football players Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamaev. During the kneading, Kokorin took a chair and with a swing hit Pak on the arm and head. As a result, Park received a head injury, the official had to be taken to the hospital. The players were subsequently detained, sent to a pre-trial detention center, and then to a prison near Belgorod. They were released only in September 2019, after serving 11 months.
Vedomosti also reported on Pak’s dismissal. According to them, they were going to dismiss the head of the department for a long time. One of the interlocutors of the publication explained that the official has not recently “taken part in upholding decisions that would benefit the auto industry.”
After the demarche of foreign companies, which either left the market or suspended deliveries, the Russian auto industry found itself in a difficult position.
In the summer, The Secret reported that the Russian authorities would try to revive the industry with billions in injections. They will allocate 20.7 billion rubles to support demand for cars. President Vladimir Putin set a task for officials to update the strategy for the development of the automotive industry.