Putin Fired State Security Chief: The Rise and Fall of Nikolai Patrushev

Politico has highlighted the most bizarre statements attributed to Nikolay Patrushev

by Sededin Dedovic
Putin Fired State Security Chief: The Rise and Fall of Nikolai Patrushev
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Those who believe that the Nazi worldview advocated by Vladimir Putin is, to say the least, unusual, have yet to meet Nikolai Patrushev. A man known as the hawks' hawk, the hardliner of hardliners, found himself in the spotlight again this week after being ousted from his 16-year position as Secretary of the Security Council, replaced by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in the government's reshuffled cabinet ordered by Putin.

His new position is Putin's aide responsible for shipbuilding issues, which smells like a demotion, writes Politico. "This boils down to an honorary retirement," analyst Nikolai Petrov told Politico. If so, it marks a sharp break with the spymaster who has been close to Putin since their KGB days in Leningrad in the 1970s and played a key role in his quarter-century rule.

"This is my good friend," Putin reportedly said in 1999, introducing Patrushev as his successor at the FSB spy agency after he became prime minister. "He will do everything to make the security services even more powerful." And that's what Patrushev did.

Over the years, Patrushev, who once called operatives the modern "nobility," emerged as Russia's top conspirator, peddling theories supporting Putin's regime's expansionism abroad and repression at home. It might be hard to believe today — given that shipbuilding is what some might consider a garden-variety occupation — but there were times when analysts wondered whether Patrushev was the real power behind the Kremlin throne.

What's important, he was actually Russia's national security adviser and as such the main link for security with foreign powers, including the United States. Patrushev was the one who allegedly urged Putin to start his invasion of Ukraine.

But it seems that was also the beginning of their rift. As security chief, he faced questions about the Kremlin's misconceptions that it would easily take control of Ukraine and about how the expected three-day blitzkrieg triumph turned into a long and arduous war.

Not to mention domestic security lapses, such as last year's uprising by Yevgeny Prigozhin or the recent terrorist attack on the Krokus concert hall near Moscow. According to some, however, the final curtain on Patrushev's career has yet to fall.

His new position still leaves little room for influence. And most importantly, he will still have Putin's ear. Given what he has said in recent years, that alone is reason to take note. Here are some choices:

1. The West is trading in Ukrainian orphans and organs

Two months after Russia began its invasion, in April 2022, Patrushev told Rossiyskaya Gazeta that Ukrainian criminals "trade in orphans taken from Ukraine for their subsequent illegal adoption in Europe." (On second thought: maybe Patrushev misread his own information and accurately predicted Russian crimes in kidnapping children and placing them in Russian families, according to the arrest warrant for the ICC and independent journalists?) That wasn't all: the West "revived the shadow market for buying human organs from socially disadvantaged segments of the Ukrainian population for secret transplants for European patients."

Nikolay Petrusev and Vladimir Putin© UATV English / YOutube channel


The "Golden Billion"

One of the most stubborn post-Soviet conspiracy theories predicts that a small elite of extremely wealthy people deliberately creates global crises to enrich themselves. Guess who not only believes in that theory but has elevated it to a national security issue? A few months after the Russian invasion, in May 2022, Patrushev told Argumenty i Fakty that "Anglo-Saxons" had been guided by that principle for centuries.

"Hiding behind words like the fight for human rights, freedom, and democracy, they actually implement the doctrine of the 'golden billion,' which predicts that only a limited number of people can advance in this world," he said.

The evil conspiracy of "a handful of magnates in London's City and Wall Street" was responsible for unemployment and the migration crisis in Europe, as well as hunger in Africa caused by disrupted grain supplies (certainly not by bombing Ukrainian ports).

Not to mention the coronavirus, which Patrushev presumed originated from the Pentagon lab. "Foundations such as Clinton, Rockefeller, Soros, and Biden were involved in this business," he said.

3. Madeline Albright speaks from the grave

In 2015, a year after the Moscow annexation of Crimea, Patrushev expressed the belief that the United States wants to wipe Russia off the face of the earth.

"You probably remember the statement of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright that neither the Far North nor Siberia belong to Russia," he said in an interview. This idea stemmed from a 2006 interview in which Boris Ratnikov, a retired major general in the Federal Guard Service, boasted of the agency's special department — seers.

According to Ratnikov's story, his boss Georgy Rogozin lay down and entered a trance-like state. Using Albright's photograph as a stimulus, Rogozin acted as an "interface" between Ratnikov and the American politician. As he searched her mind, Rogozin realized Albright's "pathological hatred of the Slavs" and envy toward Russia, which has "the largest world reserves of natural resources."


Students are agents of revolution

The West doesn't just want to undermine Russia's territorial integrity. Patrushev's spokesman informed journalists in 2021 that he would soon be reporting to Putin on Western attacks on Russian moral and spiritual values, as well as attempts to impose "alien ideals and norms" that would undermine social stability.

Among them are LGBTQ values — another attempt by the "golden billion" (see point 2) to rid the world of "superfluous people." Using NGOs as agents, the West targeted vulnerable groups in Russia, such as ethnic minorities and religious groups, with the aim of "destabilizing the socio-political situation and discrediting Russian authorities." Another instrument was students, lured to the West by grants and exchange programs.

From the United States, "they return as agitators ready to carry out so-called democratic transformations and prepare the ground for the implementation of the 'color revolution' scenario," Patrushev said at a security meeting in the Armenian capital of Yerevan.

Patrushev had previously warned of attempts to recruit Russian youth by foreign cults espousing neo-paganism, occultism, and Satanism. In a 2023 interview, Patrushev warned, "Westerners are trying to weaken our country, tear it apart, destroy the Russian language, and the Russian world."


Poland attacked Ukraine

Not Russia, but Poland is trying to invade Ukraine, Patrushev explained at a national security meeting in May 2022. "The so-called Western partners of the Kiev regime are using the current situation for their selfish interests and have big plans for Ukrainian lands," he said.

As evidence, he cited the visit to Kiev by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his statement "that soon the Polish-Ukrainian border will cease to exist." By all accounts, Poland is already moving to annex territory in western Ukraine.

In fact, Duda promised to continue Polish aid to Ukraine and fleeing Ukrainians, saying that the border between the two countries should "unite, not divide." He also called Ukrainians "heroes" for fighting for their independence.

Feeling relieved, given all of the above, that Patrushev may be on his way out? If so, it might be worth keeping in mind that Russian UN Ambassador Vasily Nebenzia once told the Security Council that the United States was deploying combat mosquitoes in Ukraine.

"We all know that these allegations are pure fabrications, made without a shred of evidence. And I would even dare to say that the Russian delegation knows that these accusations are invented. But they obediently carry out President Putin's orders," responded US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield.