Rashid Nurgaliyev

Rashid Gumarovich Nurgaliyev (Russian: Рашид Гумарович Нургалиев Tatar: Рәшит Гомәр улы Нургалиев) (born 1956) 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 66)
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.

In response to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, on 6 April 2022 the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury added Nurgaliyev to its list of persons sanctioned pursuant to Executive Order 14024.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Nurgaliyev is married and has two children. He is an Orthodox Christian.[4][5]

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. ^ Office of Foreign Assets Control. "Notice of OFAC Sanctions Actions." Published 2022-0418. 87 FR 23023
  4. ^ "The priests said Interior Minister Nurgaliyev — Encyclopedia of safety".
  5. ^ "Какие традиции продолжает глава МВД Рашид Нургалиев | История и современность | Новости |". www.islamnews.ru. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by