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|Native name||Виктор Петрович Иванов|
|Born||May 12, 1950|
|Years of service||1987-1988|
|Battles/wars||Soviet war in Afghanistan|
Viktor Petrovich Ivanov (Russian: Виктор Петрович Иванов, born May 12, 1950, Novgorod, Soviet Union) is a Russian politician and businessman, former KGB officer, who served in the KGB Directorate of Leningrad and its successors in 1977–1994. Currently, he is the Director of The Federal Narcotics Service of Russia.
In October 1994 he resigned from FSK and was appointed Chief of the Administrative Staff of the Saint Petersburg Mayor Office. In 1999 he succeeded Nikolai Patrushev as the Head of the Internal Security Department of Russia's FSB. Since January 5, 2000, he has been a Deputy Head of the Presidential Staff for personnel appointed by Vladimir Putin. Viktor Ivanov is considered one of Putin's closest allies.
In September 2001 Russia's Prime Minister appointed Ivanov representative of the state in the Boards of Directors of the Antei Corporation and Almaz Scientific Industrial Corporation, developing and producing air defence systems, including S-300. On November 22, 2001, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Almaz and initiated the merger of Almaz and Antei. Since June 2002 Ivanov has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the result of the merger, OJSC Almaz-Antei Air Defense Concern.
Since November 4, 2004, he has also been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Aeroflot airline.
In 2010, when the State of California in the United States had a ballot initiative asking voters about the legalization of marijuana, Ivanov public spoke out against it. He flew to Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., to lobby against drug legalization, meeting with the Los Angeles mayor, Los Angeles county sheriff, and U.S. drug czar.
References and notes
- "New jobs, old faces: The line-up confirms that Vladimir Putin is still in control". The Economist. May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2011-01-02. "Also seemingly sidelined is Viktor Ivanov, a hardline ex-spook who worked closely with Mr Sechin."
- Keating, Joshua E. (22 October 2010). "Interview: Viktor Ivanov". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- Wu Jiao and Li Xiaokun (2010-06-11). "SCO leaders may make crucial Afghan decisions". China Daily. Retrieved 2011-01-02. "Russia's drug control chief Viktor Ivanov warned last month in Beijing: "Drugs produced in Afghanistan are flowing to Russia and China, intensifying regional instability,"
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