Former children's ombudsman Pavel Astakhov in June 2016 speaking to a survivor of a boating tragedy in which 14 of her fellow campers died. "How was the sailing?" he asked about the children's rescue, a remark that cost him his job. Screen shot from Youtube video.
LIVE UPDATES: Dmitry Peskov, Russian presidential press secretary, confirmed the resignation of children’s ombudsman Pavel Astakhov, who said he got a “stern rebuke” from the president.
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