Putin Announces Leadership Reshuffle in Russian Ministry of Defense

Russian President Vladimir Putin has reshuffled the Russian Ministry of Defense’s leadership.

Leonid Gornin, previously the First Deputy Minister of Finance, is now the First Deputy Minister of Defense, managing the Armed Forces’ financial support. Pavel Fradkov, son of ex-Russian foreign intelligence service chief and former Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, and formerly the First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, has been appointed as a Deputy Minister overseeing property, land resources, and military construction. Oleg Savelyev is also appointed as a Deputy Minister and will lead the ministry’s office.

Anna Tsivileva, Putin’s niece and former head of the “Defenders of the Fatherland” fund—which supports veterans of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and their families—has been named a Deputy Minister, responsible for organizing social and housing services for military personnel.

The reshuffle increases the number of Deputy Ministers from 10 to 12, introducing two First Deputy Ministers. High-ranking officials, including State Secretary-Deputy Minister Nikolay Pankov, Deputy Ministers Tatiana Shevtsova and Ruslan Tsalikov, and Army General Pavel Popov, were concurrently dismissed from their posts.