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Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) spokesman Konstantin Poltoranin has been fired after giving a controversial BBC interview, a source in the service reported on Wednesday.

Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) spokesman Konstantin Poltoranin has been fired after giving a controversial BBC interview, a source in the service reported on Wednesday.

The Federal Migration Service gave no official reason for the dismissal, but an unnamed source confirmed that the interview was the reason.

"The reason for Poltoranin's dismissal was the video posted by BBC," the source said.

The Federal Migration Service chief, Konstantin Romodanovsky, later said that "such remarks are inadmissible for any Russian official, particularly for a representative of the Federal Migration Service."

A Kremlin official welcomed the dismissal, saying it was "a logical and necessary move."

In his interview to the BBC Russian Service, Poltoranin, in particular, said: "What is now at stake is the survival of the white race."

 

MOSCOW, April 21 (RIA Novosti)

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