General of the Army Sergei Nikolaevich Lebedev (Russian: Серге́й Никола́евич Ле́бедев; IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ ˈlʲebʲɪdʲɪf]; born 9 April 1948 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan) is an Uzbekistan-born Russian political figure who has been the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) since 2007. He was Director of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) from 2000 to 2007.
Lebedev graduated in 1970 from the Chernihiv branch of Kiev's Polytechnical Institute. A 1978 graduate (cum laude) of the Diplomatic Academy of the Soviet Foreign Ministry, Lebedev speaks German and English.
Lebedev was appointed as Director of the SVR on 20 May 2000. According to news reports, he was appointed to the post because President Vladimir Putin wanted "an intelligence chief whom he knows well and has confidence in." Putin and Lebedev met while serving in East Germany.
On 5 October 2007, Lebedev was elected the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
- Whither Russian foreign intelligence? By Victor Yasmann, Asia Times, 6 June 2000
- Executive committee of CIS is headed by the chief of Russian Intelligence Lenta.Ru 5 October 2007 (Russian)
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May 2000 - October 2007
|Executive Secretary of CIS
from 5 October 2007
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