Table: The People behind Putin
The President's brethren from the KGB and St. Petersburg who are helping him increase the powers of the state
Defense Minister. Ex-KGBer who trained with Putin in foreign intelligence work.
Interior Minister. Ex-St. Petersburg politician who is organizing the pro-Putin United Russia political party.
Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB). Ex-KGBer who served as Putin's deputy at the FSB.
Senior Kremlin aide. Ex-KGBer who minds Putin's daily schedule and worked with him in St. Petersburg mayor's office.
Senior Kremlin aide. Ex-KGBer who is helping to rebuild Russia's military-industrial complex.
CEO of Gazprom. A Putin loyalist whose company uses gas supplies to keep former Soviet republics in the Russian camp.