Security Council of Russia

Security Council of Russia

The Security Council of the Russian Federation (SCRF) (Russian: Совет Безопасности Российской Федерации) is a consultative body of the Russian President that works out the President's decisions on national security affairs. Composed of key ministers and agency heads and chaired by the President of Russia, the SCRF was established to be a forum for coordinating and integrating national security policy.

Since its formation, it apparently has gradually lost influence in competition with other power centers in the presidential administration. However, the June 1996 appointment of former army general and presidential candidate Alexander Lebed to head the Security Council improved prospects for the organization's standing. In July 1996, a presidential decree assigned the Security Council a wide variety of new missions. The decree's description of the Security Council's consultative functions was especially vague and wide-ranging, although it positioned the head of the Security Council directly subordinate to the president. As had been the case previously, the Security Council was required to hold meetings at least once a month.

The Security Council draws up crucial documents defining conceptual approaches to national security. Regular meetings of the Security Council are held according to a schedule set by the Chairman (the President of Russia); if necessary, the Council can hold extraordinary meetings. The Chairman defines the agenda and order of the day based on recommendations by the Secretary of the Security Council. The Chairman presides over meetings, while the Secretary holds working meetings with Council members on a regular basis.

ecretaries of the Security Council

* Yury Skokov (19921993)
* Yevgeny Shaposhnikov (1993),
* Oleg Lobov (19931996),
* Aleksandr Lebed (1996),
* Ivan Rybkin (19961998),
* Andrei Kokoshin (1998),
* Nikolai Bordyuzha (19981999),
* Vladimir Putin (1999),
* Sergei Ivanov (19992001)
* Vladimir Rushailo (20012004)
* Igor Ivanov (2004-2007)
* Valentin Sobolev (2007- 12 may 2008)
* Nikolai Patrushev (since 12 May 2008)

External links

[ Official Site (in Russian)]

[ (in Russian)]

[ Information in English ]

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