Leonid Petrovich Reshetnikov

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Leonid Reshetnikov
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Director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies
Assumed office
29 April 2009
Preceded byEvgeny Kozhokin
Succeeded byMikhail Fradkov
Personal details
Born (1947-02-06) 6 February 1947 (age 72)
Potsdam, Soviet occupation zone
Alma materKharkov State University
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Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/serviceForeign Intelligence Service
Years of service1976–2009

Leonid Petrovich Reshetnikov (Russian: Леонид Петрович Решетников; (born 6 February 1947, Potsdam) is a Soviet and Russian secret service agent, Lieutenant-General of Foreign Intelligence Service, director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (29 April 2009 – 4 January 2017). Candidate of Historical Sciences.


Reshetnikov was born in Potsdam (Soviet occupation zone at that time) in the family of a serviceman. In 1970 he graduated from the Faculty of History of Kharkov State University. In 1971-1974 he studied at the graduate school of Sofia University, where he defended thesis for the degree of Candidate of Historical Sciences on the topic "The participation of Bulgarian political emigrants in the construction of socialism in the Soviet Union (1921-1941)". In 1974-1976 he worked at the Institute of Economics of the World Socialist System of the USSR Academy of Sciences.

From April 1976 to April 2009, he served in Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR in Russian). At the end of his service he held the post of the head of Analysis & Information department of the Russian SVR with the rank of Lieutenant-General. In April 2009, he was dismissed in the reserve for the age limit of military service.

On 29 April 2009 he became a director of the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies. According to presidential decree of 2 November 2016, he was dismissed from 4 January 2017.[1] At this position he is suspected to interference in the United States elections.[2]

He is a member of the Scientific Council under the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Scientific Council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation and the Public Council under the Ministry of Defense.

He is a president of the Non-profit Charitable Foundation "Heritage" ("Russian Lemnos").

Since 2017 - Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the "Tsargrad TV". This is a "Russian Orthodox" TV channel, owned by Konstantin Malofeev and known for its clear anti-western geopolitical stance.[3]

Member of the editorial board of the magazine "Rodina".

He is fluent in Bulgarian and Serbian, and can also speak Greek.


Wife - Olga Nikolaevna Reshetnikova, Candidate of Historical Sciences. He has two daughters and four grandchildren.

Daughter - Elena Reshetnikova, she supervises the project "Children's Camp on the Island of Lemnos", organized by the "Heritage"


  1. ^ "Михаил Фрадков назначен директором Российского института стратегических исследований" (in Russian). Kremlin.ru. 2 November 2016. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ Parker, Ned; Landay, Jonathan; Walcott, John (20 April 2017). "Exclusive: Putin-linked think tank drew up plan to sway 2016 U.S. election – documents". Reuters. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ God’s TV, Russian style