Anatoly Kulikov

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Anatoly Kulikov
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Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
6 July 1995 – 23 March 1998
President Boris Yeltsin
Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin
Preceded by Viktor Yerin
Succeeded by Sergei Stepashin
Personal details
Born (1946-09-04) September 4, 1946 (age 71)
Aigursky, Stavropol Krai, RSFSR, USSR

Anatoly Sergeevich Kulikov (Russian: Анатолий Серге́евич Куликов, born September 4, 1946 in Aigursky, Stavropol Krai, Russian SFSR) is a Russian General of the Army, former Interior Minister of Russia (1995–1998).

In 1992 Kulikov became Commander of the Interior Troops. Hence he was one of the commanders of pro-government forces during the 1993 Constitutional Crisis in Moscow and the First Chechen War. In early 1995 Kulikov was appointed commander of the Joint Group of Federal Forces in Chechnya and he commanded the Russian forces during the infamous Samashki massacre.

On July 6, 1995, after the Budyonnovsk hostage crisis, he succeeded Viktor Yerin as Interior Minister of Russia. In August 1996 Alexander Lebed, who had just been appointed Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, blamed Kulikov for the disastrous Battle of Grozny and requested that President Boris Yeltsin sack him. However, Yeltsin declined his request and in October fired Lebed from his position. Eventually, Kulikov was dismissed in March 1998 along with the entire second cabinet of Viktor Chernomyrdin.

While most of the ministers of the old cabinet were reappointed to Sergei Kiriyenko's Cabinet, Kulikov wasn't and Sergei Stepashin became the next interior minister. Afterwards, Kulikov was elected to the State Duma twice, in the 1999 election and 2003 election, and was a member of the pro-government United Russia faction.

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Preceded by
Viktor Yerin
Interior Minister of Russia
1995 — 1998
Succeeded by
Sergei Stepashin