Sergei Stepashin

Sergei Vadimovich Stepashin (Russian: Серге́й Вади́мович Степа́шин; born 2 March 1952) is a Russian politician who briefly served as Prime Minister of Russia in 1999. Prior to this he had been appointed as federal security minister by President Boris Yeltsin in 1994, a position from which he resigned from in 1995 as a consequence of the Budyonnovsk hospital hostage crisis. Subsequent to his tenure as Prime Minister he served as Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of Russia from 2000 until 2013.

Sergei Stepashin
Сергей Степашин
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Prime Minister of Russia
In office
12 May 1999 – 9 August 1999
PresidentBoris Yeltsin
Preceded byYevgeny Primakov
Succeeded byVladimir Putin
First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
In office
27 April 1999 – 19 May 1999
Prime MinisterYevgeny Primakov
Acting PM himself
Preceded byVadim Gustov
Succeeded byNikolai Aksyonenko
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
30 March 1998 – 12 May 1999
Prime MinisterSergey Kiriyenko
Yevgeny Primakov
Preceded byAnatoly Kulikov
Succeeded byVladimir Rushaylo
Minister of Justice
In office
2 July 1997 – 30 March 1998
Prime MinisterViktor Chernomyrdin
Preceded byValentin Kovalev
Succeeded byPavel Krasheninnikov
Director of the Federal Security Service
In office
2 March 1994 – 30 June 1995
PresidentBoris Yeltsin
Preceded byNikolai Golushko
Succeeded byMikhail Barsukov
Personal details
Sergei Vadimovich Stepashin

(1952-03-02) 2 March 1952 (age 68)
Port-Arthur, Kvantun Oblast, USSR (now Lüshunkou, China)
Spouse(s)Tamara Stepashina
Alma materLenin Political-Military Academy, Finance Academy
AwardsOrden of Courage.png Order of Courage
Military service
RankColonel general

Early life and educationEdit

Stepashin was born in Port-Arthur, Kvantun Oblast, USSR (now Lüshunkou, China) on 2 March 1952. He graduated from the Higher Political School of the USSR Ministry of the Interior (1973), in 1981 from the Lenin Military-Political Academy, and in 2002 from the Finance Academy. He is a Doctor of Law, Professor, and has a rank of the State Advisor on Justice of the Russian Federation. His military rank is colonel general.[1]


Stepashin served as the Head of the FSK (the predecessor of the FSB) from February 1994 until June 1995. He then became justice minister, serving from 1997 to March 1998, and interior minister, holding that office from March 1998 to May 1999, when he was appointed and confirmed by parliament as prime minister. Yeltsin made it fairly clear when he appointed him Prime Minister that Stepashin would only hold the position temporarily[citation needed], and he was replaced in August 1999 by future president Vladimir Putin.

Stepashin's attitude towards the Chechen conflict was markedly different from that of Vladimir Putin. Stepashin had, for example, presented leaders of the separatist regime in Chechnya with monogrammed pistols, praised the activities of the religious extremists who had taken over several Dagestani villages, and had proclaimed publicly: "We can afford to lose Dagestan!".[2]

After having been fired from the position of Prime Minister, Stepashin joined the political party Yabloko for the Russian parliamentary elections of 1999 and was elected to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament. Later on he resigned his parliamentary seat and became head of the Account Chamber of the Russian Federation, the federal audit agency. He holds his job to date.

Most recently, he has been asked by lawyers for Hermitage Capital, once among Russia's top foreign investors, to investigate what it says was a series of fake tax refunds which defrauded Russian taxpayers of 11.2 billion roubles ($382 million), according to lawyers Brown Rudnick in a letter to Stepashin.

Since 2007, Stepashin is the head of the revived Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. Retrieved 2009-08-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Tishkov, Valery (2005). "Dynamics of a Society at War". In Richard Sakwa (ed.). Chechnya: From Past to Future (1st ed.). London: Anthem Press. pp. 157–181. ISBN 978-1-84331-164-5.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Nikolay Golushko
Director of the Federal Security Service
Succeeded by
Mikhail Barsukov
Political offices
Preceded by
Valentin Kovalev
Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Pavel Krasheninnikov
Preceded by
Anatoly Kulikov
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Vladimir Rushailo
Preceded by
Yevgeniy Primakov
Prime Minister of Russia
Succeeded by
Vladimir Putin
Preceded by
Khachim Karmokov
Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of Russia
Succeeded by
Tatyana Golikova