Nikolay Kovalyov (politician)

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Nikolay Dmitrievich Kovalyov (Russian : Николай Дмитриевич Ковалёв; 6 August 1949 – 5 April 2019) [1] was a Russian politician (United Russia) and member of the State Duma, where he chaired the Duma's Veterans' Committee. Kovalyov was the Director of the FSB from July 1996 to July 1998, when he was succeeded by Vladimir Putin.

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, nearly three decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.

United Russia political party in Russia

United Russia is the ruling political party of the Russian Federation. United Russia is the largest party in Russia and as of 2018 it holds 335 of the 450 seats in the State Duma.

State Duma lower house of Russia

The State Duma, commonly abbreviated in Russian as Gosduma, is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located in central Moscow, a few steps from Manege Square. Its members are referred to as deputies. The State Duma replaced the Supreme Soviet as a result of the new constitution introduced by Boris Yeltsin in the aftermath of the Russian constitutional crisis of 1993, and approved by the Russian public in a referendum.



Nikolay Kovalyov joined the KGB in 1974. He was appointed General of the Army in 1997. In 1999 he was elected a deputy to the State Duma of the Russian Federation.

KGB main security agency for the Soviet Union

The KGB, translated in English as Committee for State Security, was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its break-up in 1991. As a direct successor of preceding agencies such as Cheka, NKGB, NKVD and MGB, the committee was attached to the Council of Ministers. It was the chief government agency of "union-republican jurisdiction", acting as internal security, intelligence and secret police. Similar agencies were constituted in each of the republics of the Soviet Union aside from Russia, and consisted of many ministries, state committees and state commissions.

He said in 1996: "There has never been such a number of spies arrested by us since the time when German agents were sent in during the years of World War II." [2] He also publicly speculated that Boris Berezovsky might be involved in the death of Alexander Litvinenko. [3]

Boris Berezovsky (businessman) Russian business oligarch, government official, engineer and mathematician

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Alexander Litvinenko Russian defector

Alexander Valterovich Litvinenko was a British naturalised Russian defector and former officer of the Russian FSB secret service who specialised in tackling organised crime. According to US diplomats, Litvinenko coined the phrase Mafia state. In November 1998, Litvinenko and several other FSB officers publicly accused their superiors of ordering the assassination of the Russian tycoon and oligarch Boris Berezovsky. Litvinenko was arrested the following March on charges of exceeding the authority of his position. He was acquitted in November 1999 but re-arrested before the charges were again dismissed in 2000. He fled with his family to London and was granted asylum in the United Kingdom, where he worked as a journalist, writer and consultant for the British intelligence services.

During the Bronze Soldier Controversy in 2007, Kovalyov led a "fact finding mission" to Estonia, where the authorities were relocating a World War II memorial, including a two meter tall bronze soldier in a Soviet uniform. [4] Before leaving Moscow, Kovalyov asked Estonia's government to step down. [5] The two-day visit by the Russian fact finding delegatíon, originally set up to defuse a diplomatic dispute over the Bronze Soldier statue, only appeared to have escalated the feud, with the Estonian foreign minister and other Government officials refusing to meet with Kovalyov's delegation. [6] [7]

Bronze Soldier of Tallinn sculpture

The Bronze Soldier is the informal name of a controversial Soviet World War II war memorial in Tallinn, Estonia, built at the site of several war graves, which were relocated to the nearby Tallinn Military Cemetery in 2007. It was originally named "Monument to the Liberators of Tallinn", was later titled to its current official name "Monument to the Fallen in the Second World War", and is sometimes called Alyosha, or Tõnismäe monument after its old location. The memorial was unveiled on 22 September 1947, three years after the Red Army reached Tallinn on 22 September 1944 during World War II.

Estonia Republic in Northern Europe

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World War II 1939–1945 global war

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Honours and awards

Order of Military Merit (Russia) state award of the Russian Federation

The Order "For Military Merit" is a military decoration of the Russian Federation established by presidential decree № 442 of March 2, 1994 to reward military excellence. Its statute was amended three times, first on January 6, 1999 by decree № 19, then on September 7, 2010 by decree № 1099 which modernised the entire Russian awards system and finally on December 16, 2011 by Presidential Decree № 1631.

Order of the Red Star Soviet military award

The Order of the Red Star was a military decoration of the Soviet Union. It was established by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 6 April 1930 but its statute was only defined in decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 5 May 1930. That statute was amended by decrees of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 7 May 1936, of 19 June 1943, of 26 February 1946, of 15 October 1947, of 16 December 1947 and by decree No 1803-X of 28 March 1980.

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  1. "State Duma lawmaker, former FSB head Nikolay Kovalyov dies aged 69". TASS. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  2. Counterintelligence Cases
  3. "Who orchestrated the plan to discredit Russia?" (in Russian). Kommersant. 2006-11-25. Retrieved 2006-11-26. Computer translation.
  4. Российские парламентарии призвали эстонский парламент дать оценку деятельности правительства республики (Russian parliamentarians urged the Estonian parliament to assess the activities of the Government of the Republic) Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine Interfax, April 30, 2007. Retrieved: 2007-04-30
  5. Николай Ковалев: эстонское правительство должно уйти в отставку (Nikolai Kovalyov: Estonian government must resign)
  6. Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release
  7. Estonia Cancels Russia Talks Over Statue, by Jari Tanner, Associated Press, May 2, 2007. Retrieved: 2007-05-02.
  8. Умер депутат Госдумы Николай Ковалёв // TASS
Preceded by
Mikhail Barsukov
Director of FSB
July 9, 1996 – July 25, 1998
Succeeded by
Vladimir Putin