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New appointments in the Russian Ministry of Defense: who Vladimir Putin made Andrei Belousov’s “right-hand man”

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 13:24:14

Russian Defense Minister Andrei Belousov. Photo: Vadim Savitsky/press service of the Russian Defense Ministry/TASS

Vladimir Putin dismissed Deputy Defense Ministers Ruslan Tsalikov, Tatyana Shevtsova, Nikolai Pankov and Pavel Popov from their positions.

Instead of the “right-hand man” of the former head of the Department of Defense, active first-class state advisor Tsalikov, 67, Leonid Gornin, 51, will become first deputy minister Belousov. He previously held a similar position in the Ministry of Finance under Anton Siluanov. And his task will probably be to ensure the efficient spending of budget funds.

Leonidas Gornin. Photo: Sergey Savostyanov/TASS

The head of the Defenders of the Fatherland Foundation, Anna Tsivileva, 52, is the wife of Russian Energy Minister Sergei Tsivilev, who previously headed the Kemerovo region. As Deputy Minister of Defence, she is expected to be responsible for organizing housing and social support for military personnel and their families; In general, she did the same thing she did at the Foundation.

The new Deputy Minister of Defense, 42-year-old Pavel Fradkov, the youngest son of Mikhail Fradkov, former Prime Minister and former head of the SVR, worked as the first deputy head of the presidential administration of the Russian Federation. Presumably his area of ​​work is construction for the Ministry of Defense, property management and territorial resources of the department.

Pavel Fradkov. Photo: press service of the Federal Property Management Agency

56-year-old Oleg Savelyev, former auditor of the Accounts Chamber, became deputy minister and head of the apparatus of the RF Ministry of Defense.

Oleg Savelyev. Photo: Marat Abulkhatin/press service of the State Duma of the Russian Federation/TASS

The president also signed a decree according to which the Ministry of Defense will have 12 deputy ministers instead of 10, including two first deputy ministers.

For comments, KP.RU turned to Alexey Podberezkin, director of the Center for Military-Political Studies, professor at MGIMO.

– New deputies appeared for the new Minister of Defense (more than a month after his appointment), including two “most key” ones.

– Yes, the president replaced the two closest people to the former Minister of Defense, Tsalikov and Shevtsova. Who were responsible for the financial and logistical aspects of the work of the Ministry of Defense. In general, it is impossible for the minister to be new, and the two key deputies dealing with the supply of troops, especially in the context of hostilities, are old.

– Did the changes not affect the General Staff?

– The Supreme Commander-in-Chief left the General Staff and the Commander-in-Chief of the Ground Forces, General Salyukov, who are responsible for planning and carrying out military operations. That is, Putin left aside the General Staff and military professionals.

But this did not mean at all that everything related to the logistics of the troops and commanders, including civil deputy ministers, would continue as before. A reasonable amount of time passed and they were replaced. Everything is correct.

– Leonid Garnin, coming from the Ministry of Finance, became the first Deputy Minister of Defense.

– Yes, he was the first vice minister of Finance. A professional financier-executor has arrived who will carry out the instructions of Minister Belousov. What is the most important thing now for the new Minister of Defense?

– And?

– Ensure that the two budgets that existed before and that could not be connected in any way: the development budget and the security budget, are finally integrated with each other. Moreover, this part of the budget (defense spending, spending on the military-industrial complex, on security issues) has become too large. The problem was that our national security strategy was an integrated strategy.

– That is?

– Security and development in a single bottle. But different budgets were prepared. And it was almost impossible to combine them. In the conditions of the Northern Military District, it was no longer possible to postpone. This should have been done before. Even before the start of the SVO. And now it is simply essential. And the president, by the way, has already spoken about this. The task is to spend and develop; It is difficult to combine it, it is difficult, but it is possible.

I have written more than once that military spending, everything related to R&D, industry, is an incentive for the development of national industry. And domestic science. It has always been like this.

– Has the purely civilian Anna Tsivileva been appointed Deputy Minister of Defense?

“In recent months he met with the president twice to discuss the work of his Foundation and discussed issues related to the support of military personnel and their families. It is necessary to examine how the distribution of responsibilities is drafted; This is an internal document with which the minister will act: he has the right to change functional responsibilities. Yes. Most likely she is responsible for the social aspect. Military operations have been part of our lives for three years. And the social problems associated with this, injured people, their relatives – all this requires special attention. And this must be addressed specifically, separately.

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