“You fully understand, as we do, the situation we are currently facing, how important is the success of that service for the development of the country.”
Vladimir Putin to Sergey Naryshkin
The speaker of the lower house of the Russian parliament, or Duma, Sergey Naryshkin, became the new chief of the country’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) on 5 October 2016.
He was offered the position on 22 September 2016 during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Sergey Naryshkin thus succeeded to Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov.
Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin
Sergey Yevgenyevich Naryshkin ( born 27 October 1954) is a Russian official, politician and businessman who has been Chairman of the State Duma (2011 – 2016). Previously he was head of the Administration of the President of Russia from May 2008 to December 2011. [WIKIPEDIA]
Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov
Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov ( born 1 September 1950) is a Russian politician and statesman who was the Prime Minister of Russia from March 2004 to September 2007.
Fradkov was the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service from 6 October 2007 to 5 October 2016. Could the date be understood as a time limit for the job? Perhaps…
However, some people believe that Fradkov could be a possible successor to Vladimir Putin whenever the time has arrived… Then again, this is just GOSINT!