Time aides: what do the new appointees of Vladimir Putin


At the end of last week cleared up who the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has decided to push for high political positions, making personnel changes on Thursday. Five of the six “newcomers”, which received a high political office — it came from the intelligence services, and they have previously worked with the head of state.

The natives of KGB-FSB

In presidential administration have decided who should become the new presidential Plenipotentiary envoy in the Volga Federal district is the Deputy head of the government Evgenie Zabarchuk, said three of the interlocutor close to the Kremlin. He will replace on this post of Mikhail Babich, who is the Duma Committee on international Affairs on Friday recommended to the Ambassador of Russia in Ukraine is dismissed on Thursday, Mikhail Zurabov. “The decision to Zabarchuk made, but it will take place only after the Ukrainians will approve the candidacy of Babich. For this reason there are concerns, but from our side all the decisions were made,” says one of the interlocutors .

“I can’t say anything”, — said the correspondent of Zabarchuk, answering the question of whether you discussed with him the translation in the Volga Federal district. Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Kremlin did not announce personnel changes.

Zabarchuk choice nominee in place of Mr. Babic, who has long wanted to change jobs, says a source close to the Kremlin administration. According to him, Zabarchuk not alien to the inner circle of the President. He graduated from the Higher KGB school and worked in security for 14 years, should be published on the government website biography. Then some time served in tax police.

The next 12 years he worked with Yuri Chaika. In 1999, he came to his assistant in the Ministry of justice. One of the interlocutors close to the Kremlin, claims that he heard that Zabarchuk was originally assigned there by the secret services. At Gull Zabarchuk was promoted to Deputy Minister of justice, and in 2006 went with him to the Prosecutor General.

In October 2011 Zabarchuk has passed in the government apparatus. The Prime Minister then was Vladimir Putin, and the apparatus was headed by the curator of the political block of the Kremlin Vyacheslav Volodin. Zabarchuk became Deputy Volodin and took an active part in the election campaign of Vladimir Putin, who decided to return to the presidency. Zabarchuk became a member of the Central election Commission with a deliberative vote from presidential candidate Putin. He entered the campaign headquarters of the President, says one of the members of staff.

After the elections he remained in the government where basically oversees personnel issues and is considered to be a good specialist, said the source in the White house. According to him, the Deputy head of the apparatus still maintains contact with the Prosecutor’s office.

Two more appointees of the President — too close to him came from the KGB. The Governor of the Kirov region became Igor Vasiliev, head of the recent examination. In the 1980s he served in a Department of the KGB with Putin. In 2004, in an interview with the newspaper “Zyryanskaya zhizn” he confirmed this information. In politics Vasiliev came in the 2000s, soon after Putin became President, he worked in the office of “United Russia”, was a Senator and auditor of the accounts chamber.

Another native of the KGB — Vladimir Bulavin — Thursday headed the Federal customs service (replaced Andrei Belyaninov, in whose house the FSB conducted raids). He worked in the Ministry since 1977, when the Agency in the late 1990s was headed by Putin, Bulavin was the head of Nizhny Novgorod administration. In 2006 was promoted to Deputy Director of the FSB. In 2008, when his boss and longtime Putin ally, Nikolai Patrushev, went to the security Council, Bulavin was first Deputy Secretary. In the last three years he was the Plenipotentiary of the President in Severo-the Western Federal district.

Three of the guard

Two people Vladimir Putin on Thursday appointed to lead the regions, previously worked in the presidential security Service (SBP — a division of the Federal security service). Eugene Zimichev became the Governor of the Kaliningrad region. According to his official biography, he worked in security, and in 2015-head of Department of FSB across the Kaliningrad region. The publication “New Kaliningrad” first found pictures of TASS, in which the new head of the region accompanied by the President and Prime Minister Putin. Senichev signed there as an employee of the FSB and FSO.

Information that Senichev worked in the presidential security Service, was confirmed by press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov. A source close to the Kremlin, claims that Senichev was adjutant of the President. To the question did work in the role of SBP for appointment to the post of Governor, Peskov responded positively.

As follows from the data of Rosreestr, the full namesake Senicheva there is a site near the President’s residence at Valdai, where he settled and other senior security officials.

The new Governor of the Yaroslavl region Dmitry Mironov also was an adjutant of the President, working in security Service of the President, says a source close to the Kremlin. In his biography, unlike Senicheva, work in FSO reflected. In 2014, he was replaced by arrested Denis Sugrobov to the post of head of the Department of economic security and combating corruption of the interior Ministry, and a year later became Deputy Minister.

This year the Governor became another former employee of the presidential security Service Alexei Dyumin headed Tula region.

Aides to the President — it’s not just the guards, they lead to head all the operational information, transmit it to the head of state, dock it with the right people, says political scientist Yevgeny Minchenko. According to him, the purpose of the CBP — hardware victory of Viktor Zolotov, who for many years headed the security service of Putin, and now commands Asgardia. “But do not think that the President sets only at conventional “group Zolotov,” it is certainly in the near future balances”, — predicts expert.

“The results of the control regions is clearly talking about the need for change and new approaches to HR,” says political consultant Leonid Davydov.

According to the results of permutations we can talk about Putin’s distrust for anyone who does not meet its fairly narrow criteria, said political analyst Grigory Votes. “It must be familiar and understandable to him in many respects people, primarily from the KGB,” he explains.

The only person who had never worked in public policy and has nothing to do with intelligence — the new acting Governor of Sevastopol Dmitry Ovsyannikov. He was the Deputy Minister of industry and trade. But it relates to a conditional group of people, head of Rostec, Sergey Chemezov, said two of the interlocutor close to presidential administration.