|Director of the Federal Security Service|
|Assumed office |
12 May 2008
|Preceded by||Nikolai Patrushev|
Alexander Vasilyevich Bortnikov
15 November 1951
Perm, Soviet Union
|Political party||CPSU (1975–1991)|
|Alma mater||Petersburg State Transport University|
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union|
|Years of service||1975–present|
General of the Army
|Battles/wars||Second Chechen War|
Syrian Civil War
Alexander Vasilyevich Bortnikov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Васи́льевич Бо́ртников; born 15 November 1951) is a Russian official. He has been Director of the FSB since 12 May 2008. He belongs to the Siloviki of Putin's inner circle.[a]
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 24 February 2004 to 12 May 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
- Harding, Luke (21 December 2007). "Putin, the Kremlin power struggle and the $40bn fortune". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 February 2020.
- "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 29 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine The New Times №1 5 February 2007.
- Австрийская полиция может возбудить дело против ключевых чиновников Кремля, утверждает New Times NEWSru.com 23 May 2007.
- Officials are taking money away to the West Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine by Natalia Morar, The New Times № 15, 21 May 2007 English translation Archived 17 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- FSB Shuffle Seen Helping Medvedev Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Moscow Times 13 May 2008.
- Russian academics slam FSB security chief for comments on Stalin’s purges The Japan Times 24 December 2017.