Sergei Stepashin

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Sergei Stepashin
Сергей Степашин
Stepashin in 2021
2nd Chairman of the Accounts Chamber
In office
19 April 2000 – 20 September 2013
Preceded byKhachim Karmokov
Succeeded byTatyana Golikova
Member of the State Duma
In office
18 January 2000 – 26 April 2000[1]
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 72)
Port-Arthur, Kvantun Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR (now Lüshunkou, China)
SpouseTamara Stepashina
Alma materLenin Political-Military Academy, Finance Academy
Awards Order of Courage

Sergei Vadimovich Stepashin (Russian: Сергей Вадимович Степашин; 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 for counterintelligence by President Boris Yeltsin in 1994, a position from which he resigned 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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.[2]


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!".[3]

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 held this job until 2013.

Since 2007, Stepashin is the head of the revived Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society.[4]

On 27 March 2024, Stepashin met with the Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia.[5]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Депутаты". Государственная Дума (in Russian). Retrieved 30 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 March 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Председатель" [Chairman]. IOPS website (in Russian). 27 March 2024. Archived from the original on 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  5. ^ "Сергей Степашин провел встречу с послом Вьетнама в России" [Sergey Stepashin met with the Ambassador of Vietnam to Russia]. IOPS website (in Russian). 27 March 2024. Archived from the original on 27 March 2024. Retrieved 27 March 2024.

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Preceded by Director of the Federal Security Service
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Preceded by Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of Russia
Succeeded by
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Preceded by Minister of Justice
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Preceded by Minister of Internal Affairs
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