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Rashid Nurgaliyev
Рашид Нургалиев
Minister of Internal Affairs

In office
24 December 2003 – 21 May 2012
Acting: 24 December 2003 – 9 March 2004
Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov
Viktor Khristenko (Acting)
Mikhail Fradkov
Viktor Zubkov
Vladimir Putin
Viktor Zubkov (Acting)
Dmitry Medvedev
Preceded by Boris Gryzlov
Succeeded by Vladimir Kolokoltsev
Personal details
Born 10 August 1956(1956-08-10) (age 66)
Zhetikara, Soviet Union
(now Kazakhstan)
Political party United Russia
Alma mater Kuusinen State University
Religion Russian Orthodoxy
Military service
Awards Order of Honour

Rashid Gumarovich Nurgaliyev (Russian: Рашид Гумарович Нургалиев) is a Russian general and politician of Tatar ethnicity who served as Russia's interior minister from 2003 to 2011.

Early life and education

He was born in Zhetikara, Kazakh SSR, on 8 October 1956. He graduated from Kuusinen State University in Petrozavodsk in 1979. He later received a doctoral degree in economics. His thesis was on the “economic aspects of the formation of business undertakings in modern Russia".


From 1981 to 1995 he worked in the KGB Directorate of Karelia and its successor, Security Ministry of Karelia, in 1992-1994 led by Nikolai Patrushev.

In 1995 he moved to Moscow and was appointed chief inspector of the Inspectorial Directorate of FSK (FSB) and head of a section of FSB Internal Security Department led by Nikolai Patrushev.

In 2002 he became first deputy minister of interior of Russia. In 2003 he became minister of the MVD. He was removed from office on 21 May 2012 and Vladimir Kolokoltsev replaced him in the post.[1] Two days after his dismissal he was made deputy secretary of the Security Council on 23 May.[2] He holds the rank of Army General.

Personal life

Nurgaliyev is an Orthodox Christian.[3] He is married and has two children.

Honours and awards


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Political offices
Preceded by
Boris Gryzlov
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Vladimir Kolokoltsev

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