|Director of the Federal Security Service|
|Assumed office |
12 May 2008
|Preceded by||Nikolai Patrushev|
Alexander Vasilyevich Bortnikov
15 November 1951
Perm, Soviet Union
|Alma mater||Petersburg State Transport University|
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union|
|Branch/service||Federal Security Service|
|Years of service||1975–present|
|Rank||General of the Army|
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.
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." 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.
He is also a member of the board of directors of Sovkomflot.
In December 2017 in an open letter published by Kommersant more than 30 Russian academics slammed Bortnikov for seeking to legitimize the Stalinist Great Purge because in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta published to mark 100 years since the establishment of the Cheka Bortnikov said the archives show that “a significant part” of the criminal cases of that period “had an objective side to them.”
Honours and awards
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes
- Order of Military Merit
- Medal of Honour
- Diploma of the Government of the Russian Federation (15 November 2006) - for his great personal contribution to the economic security of the country and many years of honest service
- "Biographies of the political leaders of the Medvedev Administration" (PDF). Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. 2010.
- Кто и зачем убил Литвиненко. (Who and wherefore killed Litvinenko) Archived 2008-05-29 at the Wayback Machine The New Times №1 February 5, 2007.
- Австрийская полиция может возбудить дело против ключевых чиновников Кремля, утверждает New Times NEWSru.com May 23, 2007.
- Officials are taking money away to the West Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine by Natalia Morar, The New Times № 15, May 21, 2007 English translation Archived 2008-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
- FSB Shuffle Seen Helping Medvedev Archived 2008-05-17 at the Wayback Machine The Moscow Times May 13, 2008.
- Russian academics slam FSB security chief for comments on Stalin’s purgesThe Japan Times December 24, 2017.
- Media related to Alexander Vasilyevich Bortnikov at Wikimedia Commons
- His page in electronic database "anticompromat.ru" (Russian) and his index page, by Vladimir Pribylovsky
| Chief of the St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast FSB Directorate
June 2003 – March 2004
| Head of the Economic Security Service of FSB
February 24, 2004 – May 12, 2008
| Director of the FSB
May 12, 2008–present