POLITBURO 2012: Political scientists came up with the list of most powerful people in Russian politics

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POLITBURO 2012: Political scientists came up with the list of most powerful people in Russian politics – Moskovskiye Novosti 8.22.12 [no link available to English-language version]

Moskovskiye Novosti listed out leading figures in Russian politics by category or venue, indicating they were basing their list on analysis from Minchenko Consulting that “determined individuals’ closeness to the pinnacle of political power where all decisions are made. They came up with an analog of the Politburo of the Central Committee of the defunct CPSU:”

Politburo members:

Vladimir Putin president

Dmitry Medvedev prime minister

Sergei Ivanov presidential administration director

Igor Sechin the head of Rosneft

Gennadi Timchenko co-owner of Gunvor

Yuri Kovalchuk Russia bank CEO

Sergei Chemezov Russian Technologies director general

Sergei Sobyanin mayor of Moscow

Vyacheslav Volodin senior assistant director of the

presidential administration

Politburo candidates:

Aleksei Kudrin ex-minister (finances)

Kirill patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Vladimir Zhirinovsky LDPR leader

Gennadi Zyuganov CPRF leader

Sergei Mironov Fair Russia leader

Mikhail Prokhorov businessman

Sergei Naryshkin Duma chairman

Anatoly Chubais the head of Russian Nanotechnologies

Alexander Voloshin presidential administration ex-director

Secretariat of the Central Committee:

Igor Shuvalov senior deputy premier

Alexander Khloponin presidential plenipotentiary

representative in the Caucasus Federal Region

Vladislav Surkov deputy premier

Dmitry Kozak deputy premier

Sergei Lavrov foreign minister

Elvira Nabiullina presidential aide

Anton Vaino assistant director of the presidential administration

Dmitry Peskov president’s press secretary

Aleksei Gromov assistant director of the presidential administration


Vladimir Kozhin – chief of the directorate of presidential affairs

Roman Abramovich Sibneft ex-owner

Aleksei Miller the head of Gazprom

Vladimir Yakunin Russian Railways president

Arkady Rotenberg SMP-bank and Stroigazmontazh co-owner

Herman Gref the head of Sberbank

Vladimir Potanin Interros owner

Oleg Deripaska Basic Element owner

Mikhail Fridman Alfa-Group observatory council chairman

Regional leaders:

Alisher Usmanov co-owner of Russia’s largest steel works

Victor Vekselberg Skolkovo foundation president and Renova CEO

Vagit Alekperov president and co-owner of Russia’s largest oil companies

Aleksei Mordashov Severstal and Severgrup director general

Vladimir Yevtushenkov AFK Sistema owner

Georgy Poltavchenko St.Petersburg governor

Sergei Shoigu governor of the Moscow regional

Rustam Minnikhanov the head of Tatarstan

Ramzan Kadyrov the head of Chechnya


Alexander Bortnikov FSB director

Vladimir Kolokoltsev interior minister

Alexander Bastrykin Russian Investigative Committee chairman

Victor Ivanov the head of Drug Enforcement Committee

Victor Zolotov chief of presidential security

Yevgeny Murov Federal Service of Protection director

Yevgeny Shkolov presidential aide

Nikolai Patrushev Security Council secretary

Anatoly Serdyukov defense minister.

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