Rashid Nurgaliyev

Rashid Gumarovich Nurgaliyev (Russian: Рашид Гумарович Нургалиев Tatar: Рәшит Гомәр улы Нургалиев) is a Russian general and politician who served as Russia's interior minister from 2003 to 2012.

Rashid Nurgaliyev
Рашид Нургалиев
Рашид Нургалиев.jpg
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
24 December 2003 – 21 May 2012
Acting: 24 December 2003 – 9 March 2004
Prime MinisterMikhail Kasyanov
Viktor Khristenko (Acting)
Mikhail Fradkov
Viktor Zubkov
Vladimir Putin
Viktor Zubkov (Acting)
Dmitry Medvedev
Preceded byBoris Gryzlov
Succeeded byVladimir Kolokoltsev
Personal details
Born (1956-08-10) 10 August 1956 (age 65)
Zhetikara, Soviet Union
(now Kazakhstan)
Political partyUnited Russia
Alma materKuusinen State University now Petrozavodsk State University
AwardsOrder of Honour

Early life and educationEdit

Nurgaliyev was born in Zhetikara, Kazakh SSR, on 8 October 1956 and is of Volga Tatar ethnicity. He graduated from Kuusinen State University in Petrozavodsk in 1979. He later received a doctoral degree in economics. His thesis was on the “economic aspects of the formation of business undertakings in modern Russia".


Nurgaliyev (left) with Tatarstan's President Mintimer Shaimiyev, 2009

From 1981 to 1995 he worked in the KGB Directorate of Karelia and its successor, Security Ministry of Karelia, in 1992-1994 led by Nikolai Patrushev.

In 1995 he moved to Moscow and was appointed chief inspector of the Inspectorial Directorate of FSK (FSB) and head of a section of FSB Internal Security Department led by Nikolai Patrushev.

In 2002 he became first deputy minister of interior of Russia. In 2003 he became minister of the MVD. He was removed from office on 21 May 2012 and Vladimir Kolokoltsev replaced him in the post.[1] Two days after his dismissal he was made deputy secretary of the Security Council on 23 May.[2]

He holds the rank of Army General.

Personal lifeEdit

Nurgaliyev is married and has two children. Nurgaliyev is Muslim.[3]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ Alexey Eremenko (21 May 2012). "Unpopular Russian Interior Minister Replaced in Reshuffle". RIA Novosti. Moscow. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Scandal-Plagued Interior Minister Appointed To Security Council". OCCRP. 23 May 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Рашид Нургалиев развеял слухи о принятии им православия".

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Political offices
Preceded by
Boris Gryzlov
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Vladimir Kolokoltsev