Alexander Bortnikov

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Vasilyevich and the family name is Bortnikov.
Alexander Bortnikov
Alexander Bortnikov 2014-12-26.jpg
Director of the Federal Security Service
Assumed office
12 May, 2008
Preceded by Nikolai Patrushev
Personal details
Born (1951-11-15) 15 November 1951 (age 65)
Perm, Soviet Union
Education FSB Academy
Alma mater Petersburg State Transport University
Military service
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Federal Security Service
Years of service 1975–present
Rank General of the Army

Alexander Vasilyevich Bortnikov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Васи́льевич Бо́ртников; born 1951) is a Russian official. He has been Director of the FSB since May 12, 2008.


Bortnikov was born in Perm, Soviet Union. He graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Railway Engineers in 1973.[1]

From 1975 to 2004 he worked in the KGB and its successors in Leningrad/Saint Petersburg. From June 2003 to March 2004 he was the Chief of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast Federal Security Service (FSB) Directorate.

From February 24, 2004, to May 12, 2008, he was Head of the Economic Security Service of FSB and a Deputy Director of FSB.


FSB head Alexander Bortnikov (right) meets with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev in March 2009, to discuss ending the counter-terrorism operation in Chechnya.

In February 2007 Russian magazine The New Times wrote about the plan to murder Alexander Litvinenko with reference to "a source in the FSB": "People from the top management of the agency had taken part in the elaboration of the plan, maintains an FSB source. And, allegedly, FSB Director Patrushev knew about it. According to the same source, Head of the FSB Economic Security Department general-lieutenant Alexander Bortnikov had allegedly been appointed overseer of the operation."[2] In May 2007 he was reported to have been implicated in a money-laundering case investigated by the RF Interior Ministry in connection with the murder of the Central Bank Deputy Head Andrey Kozlov.[3][4]

On May 12, 2008, he was appointed Director of the FSB by President Dmitry Medvedev and is believed by some security analysts to be Medvedev's man.[5]

He is also a member of the board of directors of Sovkomflot.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sergei Smirnov
Chief of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast FSB Directorate
June 2003 – March 2004
Succeeded by
Yury Ignashchenkov
Preceded by
Yury Zaostrovtsev
Head of the Economic Security Service of FSB
February 24, 2004 – May 12, 2008
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nikolay Patrushev
Director of the FSB
May 12, 2008–present