Military Capabilities

Civilian industrialist tapped as Russian military’s chief of armaments

18 June 2018

On 13 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed former Kalashnikov general director Aleksei Krivoruchko to be deputy defence minister and chief of armaments. Krivoruchko replaces Yuri Borisov, who was promoted to deputy prime minister for defence industry in May.

Krivoruchko’s primary responsibility will be oversight of the annual fulfillment of the state defence order and the new 10-year RUB19 trillion (USD306 billion) armaments programme by Russian defence companies and suppliers.

Business daily Kommersant reported Krivoruchko’s pending selection on 18 May. Before Putin could appoint him, however, he needed to resign leadership and transfer control of his shares in TKKh-Invest and Kalashnikov to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest with his new duties in the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

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