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Sergei Stepashin

Sergei Stepashin
Сергей Степашин
Stepashin in 2009
Prime Minister of Russia
In office
12 May 1999 – 9 August 1999
President Boris Yeltsin
Preceded by Yevgeny Primakov
Succeeded by Vladimir Putin
First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
In office
27 April 1999 – 19 May 1999
Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov
Acting PM himself
Preceded by Vadim Gustov
Succeeded by Nikolai Aksyonenko
Personal details
Born Sergei Vadimovich Stepashin
(1952-03-02) 2 March 1952
Lüshunkou, China
Nationality Russian
Spouse(s) Tamara Stepashin
Children Vladimir
Alma mater Lenin Political-Military Academy, Finance Academy
Religion Russian Orthodox
Awards Order of Courage

Sergei Vadimovich Stepashin (Russian: Серге́й Вади́мович Степа́шин; born 2 March 1952) is a Russian politician who briefly served as Prime Minister of Russia in 1999. Currently he is Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of Russia. He was appointed federal security minister by President Boris Yeltsin in 1994. He resigned his position in 1995 as a consequence of the Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Honours and awards 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Early life and education

Stepashin was born in Lüshunkou, China on 2 March 1952. He graduated from the Higher Political School of the USSR Ministry of the Interior (1973), in 1981 - from the Military and Political Academy, in 2002 - from the Finance Academy. He is a Doctor of Law, Professor, and has a rank of the State Advisor on Justice of the Russian Federation. His Military rank is Colonel-General.[1]

Career

Stepashin became justice minister, serving from 1997 to March 1998, and interior minister, holding that office from March 1998 to May 1999, when he was appointed and confirmed by parliament as prime minister. Yeltsin made it fairly clear when he appointed him Prime Minister that Stepashin would only hold the position temporarily, and he was replaced in August 1999 by future president Vladimir Putin.

Stepashin's attitude towards the Chechen conflict was markedly different from that of Vladimir Putin. Stepashin had, for example, presented leaders of the separatist regime in Chechnya with monogrammed pistols, praised the activities of the religious extremists who had taken over several Dagestani villages, and had proclaimed publicly: "We can afford to lose Dagestan!".[2]

Following his resignation from the position of Prime Minister, Stepashin joined the political party Yabloko for the Russian parliamentary elections of 1999 and was elected to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. Later on he resigned his parliamentary seat and became head of the Account Chamber of the Russian Federation, the federal audit agency. He holds his job to date.

Boris Yeltsin stated in 2005 that he considered Sergei Stepashin for his successor for President but was unhappy with his lack of enthusiasm over the First Chechen War.

Most recently, he has been asked by lawyers for Hermitage Capital, once among Russia's top foreign investors, to investigate what it says was a series of fake tax refunds which defrauded Russian taxpayers of 11.2 billion roubles ($382 million), according to lawyers Brown Rudnick in a letter to Stepashin.

Since 2007 Stepashin is the head of the revived Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.

Honours and awards

Order the "Community"

References

  1. ^ http://www.ach.gov.ru/en/about/chairman/
  2. ^ Tishkov, Valery (2005). "Dynamics of a Society at War". In Richard Sakwa. Chechnya: From Past to Future (1st ed.). London: Anthem Press. pp. 157–181.  

External links

  • Official website
  • A biography of Stepashin by V. Pribylovsky (in Russian)
  • Sergei Stepashin at Armen Oganesyan's talkshow "Vis-a-Vis with the World" (in English)
  • Sergei Stepashin at Armen Oganesyan's talkshow "Vis-a-Vis with the World" (in Russian)
Government offices
Preceded by
Anatoly Kurkov
Chief of the Saint Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast MBR/FSK Directorate
29 November 1991, - 1992
Succeeded by
Viktor Cherkesov
Preceded by
Nikolay Golushko
Director of FSK/FSB
1994 — 1995
Succeeded by
Mikhail Barsukov
Political offices
Preceded by
Valentin Kovalyov
Justice Minister of Russia
1997 — 1998
Succeeded by
Pavel Krasheninnikov
Preceded by
Anatoly Kulikov
Interior Minister of Russia
1998 — 1999
Succeeded by
Vladimir Rushailo
Preceded by
Yevgeniy Primakov
Prime Minister of Russia
12 May 1999 — 9 August 1999
Succeeded by
Vladimir Putin
Preceded by
Khachim Karmokov
Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of Russia
19 april 2000 – 20 september 2013
Incumbent
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