The dictator makes most decisions on his own, Nevzlin said.
Russian dictator Putin when making decisions, he sometimes consults with a group of his associates. Most often, decisions are made individually, a similar trend has been observed since 2012.
He spoke about this in interview Dmitry Gordon Russian-Israeli businessman, one of the former leaders of the Yukos oil company Leonid Nevzlin.
According to Nevzlin, Putin’s inner circle includes about 10 people – these are businessmen, heads of state corporations, high-ranking officials, security officials. First of all, it is about businessman and main shareholder of Bank Rossiya Yuri Kovalchuksaid Nevzlin.
Also Putin’s associates are the following persons:
- head of Rosneft Igor Sechin;
- head of Rostec Sergey Chemezov;
- businessmen Arkady Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko (the last two are “more like so-called friends and partners”);
- FSB director Alexander Bortnikov;
- Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev;
- Kremlin officials: First Deputy Heads of the Presidential Administration Sergey Kiriyenko and Alexei Gromov and Deputy Head Dmitry Kozak.
According to the businessman, the head of Putin’s administration, Anton Vaino, has no influence.
“Vaino is an assistant. Kiriyenko has real influence. Because, firstly, he is Kovalchuk’s man. Secondly, he himself understands and knows what needs to be done to please both Kovalchuk and, so to speak, this boss,” Nevzlin said.
He claims that after the start of a full-scale war against Ukraine, the influence of the security forces and special services on Putin has increased.
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