Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev is a Russian politician, security officer and intelligence officer who has served as the secretary of the Security Council of Russia since 2008. He previously served as the director of the Federal Security Service (FSB) from 1999 to 2008.
Born in 1951 in Leningrad (today Saint Petersburg), Patrushev is the son of a Soviet Navy officer who was also a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He graduated from Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute in 1974, and initially he worked as an engineer in the Institute’s shipbuilding design bureau, but very soon afterwards, in 1975, he was recruited by the KGB.
He attended intelligence and security courses at the KGB School in Minsk, and later at the Higher School of the KGB in Moscow (the present-day FSB Academy). Subsequently, he was a KGB security officer in the city of Leningrad, and eventually rose to become head of the anti-smuggling and anti-corruption unit of the local KGB.
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As the Russian President Vladimir Putin faces surgery over cancer fears, he will reportedly hand over power to the secretary of the country’s Security Council Nikolai Patrushev temporarily
An unverified Russian channel on the Telegram app has claimed that doctors have told Putin that he will have to undergo surgery. The anticipated surgery and recovery are expected to incapacitate Putin for “a short time,” the report said. The General SVR Telegram channel had first raised the issue of Putin’s health-including abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s some 18 months ago. It is suggested that 69-year-old Putin has already delayed surgery. The surgery had been scheduled for the second half of April but was delayed.
Referring to Putin’s supposedly “sickly appearance and uncharacteristically fidgety behaviour in public” in recent times, the report said that the Russian President has been rumoured to suffer from cancer and a host of other serious maladies, including Parkinson’s disease.
Though, Putin is unlikely to agree to hand over power for a longer period. The Telegram channel claimed that the control of the country will likely be in Patrushev’s hands for no more than two to three days.
However, a US official said that the media reports could not be verified with Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby saying on Monday that “I have seen nothing that could help us corroborate that,” New York Post reported.