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Russia's Domestic Security Wars


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Glossary - p.
I. Introduction - p.
II. II. The Background and Emergence of the Siloviki War
1. Origins of the Cherkesov-Zolotov and Sechin groupings, and of the fierce rivalries between silovik groups - p.
III. The Intense Years of the Silovik War, 2004-2007
2. Putin's re-election in March 2004 and the murder of Tsepov in September; the Sechinites' all-out assault on Cherkesov and his group - p.
3. Summary of the argument to date and how it will develop regarding 2005 - 2010 - p.
4. Spring 2005 - The case of the smuggled Chinese goods rocks the FSS and Patrushev - p.
5. November 2005 - early 2006: Putin's succession-related moves; the silovik war heats up; the Sechinites groom their own presidential candidate, Ustinov - p.
6. May-June 2006 - Fight for the Customs Service - Full-scale war between the silovik clans; the fall of Ustinov - a triumph for the Cherkesovites - p.
7. November 2006 - The tide turns against the Cherkesov-Zolotov group. as the succession struggle heats up - p.
8. 2007 - Putin tells the Sechinites he favours Naryshkin for the presidency; June-September 2007 - new Sechinite offensive rocks the Cherkesovites - p.
9. October 2007 - Cherkesov makes his last stand - Putin's minimal aid to him masks his incipient abandonment of his longstanding associate - p.
10. How the war had evolved by mid-October 2007: Putin's MO in crisis; November 2007 - Sechinites sense betrayal and raise the stakes - p.
11. Late 2007 - Difficulty selecting a successor: Medvedev chosen at last minute - p.
IV. The Silovik War Winds Down: Aftermath and Conclusions
12. 2007-2008 - War fades, tandem forms, Cherkesov clan dissolves, Sechinites decline; Putin generates new factional wars: General Procuracy vs. Investigations Committee of the Procuracy (ICP), Medvedev v. Sechin - p.
13. 2008-2011 - The different fates of the Cherkesov and Sechin groups - p.

V. Russian Politics in 2012-2017 and Some General Conclusions14. Conclusion
Appendix: Some notes on key players

About the Author

Peter Reddaway is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Georgetown University, USA.


"This is an excellent little book: deeply researched, insightful and successful in pulling off that great scholarly feat of using a small example to illustrate big truths. ... All credit to Peter Reddaway for such a meticulous exploration of an important topic." (Mark Galeotti, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 71 (3), April, 2019)

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