Jens Siegert on Serdiukov’s Downfall, Putin’s Illness and the Consolidation of the System

posted 29 Nov 2012, 03:04 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 29 Nov 2012, 03:05 ]
26 November 2012

Source: Russia Blog by Jens Siegert 

He is not the first minister to be sacked by Vladimir Putin. But none have been recently dispatched as ignominiously as Minister of Defence Anatoly Serdiukov (Serdyukov), even though he was very close to the Putin clan. As a matter of fact, it was this closeness that had elevated Serdiukov to high office in the first place. In 2000, following a less than dazzling career as a furniture dealer, he married the daughter of Viktor Zubkov. Back in St. Petersburg Zubkov had served as a second-in-command to the then deputy mayor Vladimir Putin. When Putin was promoted to a Moscow job his former deputy was promoted to head Russia’s inland revenue office. During Putin’s second term as President, Zubkov became Prime Minister. In 2008 he had to yield his post to Putin following Dmitry Medvedev’s elevation to President, but stayed on as first deputy Prime Minister. Serdiukov followed in Zubkov’s wake, first joining the tax office and then taking over from Zubkov as its director until February 2007 when Putin appointed him Minister of Defence. [Read more]