MOSCOW, July 1 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Russian postal service’s main delivery department in Moscow has been dismissed due to numerous violations under his watch, including the so-called mail collapse in April when a backlog of hundreds of international parcels began stacking up at Moscow airports, a source in the Russian Post said Monday.
“Mail is frequently kept outside, in the snow and rain, or carelessly thrown out of train cars. These issues were a major reason for the departure of [department head Vladimir] Kim,” the source told the Prime news agency, a RIA Novosti affiliate.
Kim, whose resignation went into effect on Friday, is the latest in a series of senior managers to leave the postal service since a new boss was appointed to head the state company in April. Kim had overseen the Moscow department since 2010.
About a fifth of all mail in Russia fails to reach its destination on time, according to a report by the Communications Ministry. In mid-April, the ministry appointed Dmitry Strashnov, the former CEO of cellphone network provider Tele2 Rossiya, to serve as head of the Russian Post. About half of the mail service’s senior management has since left.