Where is andrei soldatov now?
Since July 2008 he is columnist of The Moscow Times. Since 2010 Soldatov writes for Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs.
Who killed the Russian defense minister?
|Assassination of Boris Nemtsov|
|Perpetrators||Zaur Dadaev (20-year sentence), 4 accomplices (11–19-year sentences); Convicted July 2017|
|Motive||Criticism of President Vladimir Putin, Islamism and Ramzan Kadyrov (disputed)|
Who are the siloviki?
Siloviki are members of security services police and armed forces. Also, “siloviki” is an unofficial term for a group of high-ranked politicians in the top state institutions of the Russian Federation who used to be the members of military or of the security services and worked closely with Vladimir Putin in the early years of his career.
What is a siloviki force structure?
These “force structures” were the intelligence agencies, armed services and the law enforcement agencies. Siloviki literally means an official, present or past of one of the previous agencies. Still, not all high-level members of the silovye struktury belonged to siloviki and not all siloviki were products of the silovye struktury.
What is the silovye Ministerstva?
These are the people who work for, or who used to work for, the silovye ministerstva -literally “the ministries of force”-charged with wielding coercion and violence in the name of the state. Since Vladimir Putin’s rise to power at the end of the 1990s, siloviki have spread to posts throughout all the branches of power in Russia.
How did the siloviki rise to power in Russia?
The rise of the siloviki was thought to have taken place alongside the destruction of the Yukos Company. Yukos was the largest petroleum company in all of Russia and was charged, tried and convicted for tax evasion. Yukos’ founder oligarch Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky was sentenced to ten years jail.