Sergei Borisovich Ivanov (Russian: Сергей Борисович Иванов; born January 31, 1953 in Leningrad ) is a Russian politician. From 2001 to 2007 he was Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation. He was for a time as the leading candidate to succeed President Vladimir Putin in the presidential election of 2008.
Since December 22, 2011 Ivanov is chairman of the Russian presidential administration.
Sergei Ivanov studied from 1970 to 1975 at the State University of Saint Petersburg in the Department of Languages , with a double major in English and Swedish. He then began a long career for the KGB, with the emphasis on counterintelligence. Here, he came with his subsequent conveyor Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in contact. In 1990, he was by its own account working for Soviet intelligence in a European country ( the UK). When Putin in 1998 rose to the director of the new Russian Federal Security Service FSB, he offered Ivanov there the position of his deputy at what Ivanov joined the FSB from the foreign service. 2001, Vladimir Putin now held the office of President of Russia, Ivanov was appointed minister of defense. He was the first man in this position, was not of the Russian military elite.
Since 14 November 2005, he additionally held the office of Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and was in charge of military affairs. On 15 February 2007 he was promoted by President Putin as First Deputy Prime Minister. Since he could no longer fill due to its new tasks from his office as Minister of Defense, according to Putin, " natural", Anatoly Serdyukov was appointed as the new defense minister.
Accident of the Son
The eldest son of Sergei Ivanov, Alexander ran in 2005 with his car through a red light at high speed and captured while a pensioner who was killed by it. In the subsequent trial of the son of the defense minister was acquitted. In November 2005, the Russian Ren TV stations continued to broadcast journalist Olga Romanova of which had reported critically about this incident from.
Uncontrolled activities of Russian intelligence
After 2004, the former Acting President of the Chechen separatists Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev was murdered by agents of the military intelligence service GRU in Qatar, denounced a court qatarisches Russian agents to prison. After the diplomatic forcing the surrender of Russia these agents were greeted upon their return to Russia from Ivanov 2005. After the assassination Jandarbijews Ivanov had pointed to a lack of motivation for the elimination Jandarbijews. After the assassination of renegade former intelligence employee Ivanov Alexander Litvinenko repeated his reference to a lack of motivation.