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Putin grooms relatives and officials' children as potential regime successors - ISW

18 June, 2024 Tuesday
11:36

Russian leader Vladimir Putin is reportedly preparing potential successors to his regime from among his children and relatives, as well as the children of other high-ranking Russian officials

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This is stated in a report by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

It noted that Putin has recently dismissed four deputy defense ministers and replaced them with a "close relative", the son of the former Russian prime minister.

On June 17, the Russian leader dismissed deputy defense ministers Nikolai Pankov, Ruslan Tsalikov, Tatiana Shevtsova, and Army General Pavel Popov, replacing them with deputy defense ministers Anna Tsivileva and Pavel Fradkov and First Deputy Defense Minister Leonid Gornin.

The Institute notes that Tsivileva is Putin’s first cousin once removed (“niece”), wife of the recently appointed Energy Minister Sergei Tsivilev, and the Chairperson of the Kremlin-initiated Defenders of the Fatherland Foundation. She was also previously part of the Council on Issues of Trusteeship in the Social Sphere under the Russian Government in 2019.

Fradkov is the son of former Russian Prime Minister and longest serving Director of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Mikhail Fradkov. Pavel Fradkov served as the First Deputy Administrator of the Presidential Administration since 2021, Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimushchestvo) from 2012 to 2015, and at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) Department of Pan-European Cooperation from 2005 to 2012.

Fradkov’s brother Pyotr Fradkov is the Chairperson of the Russian state-owned Promsvyazbank and recently met with Kremlin-affiliated governor of the pro-Russian Moldovan autonomous region of Gagauzia, Yevgenia Gutsul, on April 9, possibly as part of Kremlin’s efforts to destabilize Moldova.

Another newly elected official, Gornin, served as the First Deputy Minister of Finance since May 2018, Deputy Minister of Finance from 2012 to 2018, and Minister of Finance and Tax Policy of Novosibirsk Oblast from 2010 to 2011.

ISW assesses that the appointments of Tsivilova, Fradkov and Gornin support Putin’s recent efforts to introduce his relatives and the children of other senior Russian officials to the Russian public and to install economic advisors to the MoD to improve the wartime economy.

The Institute for the Study of War recalls that both Tsivileva and Fradkov reportedly participated in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum alongside Putin’s daughters and the children of other senior officials on June 6 and 7. At that time, Putin was trying to introduce his children and the children of officials in his close circle to the public, likely to set conditions for them to eventually assume high-profile and powerful roles in the Russian government.

Putin is also increasingly appointing economists to take senior positions at the Russian MoD and notably replaced Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on May 12 with former First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov who is an economist by trade. On May 20, Putin also replaced former Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Yury Sadovenko with former Deputy Economic Minister and Federation Council Accounts Chamber Auditor Oleg Savelyev.

"These appointments suggest that Putin is prioritizing the appointment of officials whom he deems to be loyal to the regime and economists to improve Russia’s defense industrial base (DIB). Putin also may be attempting to groom possible successors to his regime from the pool of his children and relatives and children of other senior officials," ISW experts conclude.

  • Recently, Sukhrab Akhmedov, the commander of the 20th Russian Army, which is stationed in the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, was dismissed.

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