Sergei Stepashin was born on 02 March 1952 in Port Arthur, which at that time housed a military base of the USSR. There Sergei went to school, but soon moved to Leningrad with his mother and father, who served in the Pacific Fleet. In 1973, he graduated from the Higher Political School of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR, and served in the Interior Ministry special troops.
From 1973 to 1990, he served in the Internal Forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. In 1977, he decided to continue training in the Military-Political Academy Lenin, and after 6 years he became a graduate student. For 12 years, from 1980 to 1992, Sergey worked as a teacher in a familiar since the youth facility - Leningrad Higher Political School. In addition, as employees of Interior Ministry troops, he participated in peacekeeping operations in the troubled regions of the Union - Nagorno-Karabakh, Fergana and many others. In 1981, Graduated from the Academy of Military and Political Affairs. In 2002, graduated from the Financial Academy of the Government of the Russian Federation.
He received the degree of Doctor of Legal Science, and became a professor. Military rank – General-Colonel. From 1990 to 1993, he was a Deputy of the RSFSR, Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation concerning defence and security.
Sergei Vadimovich's career evolved rapidly - in 1991, he served as head of the Committee of the RSFSR (subsequently - the Russian Federation) on defense. Almost until the Union Stepashin remained a member of the CPSU, abandoning the party ticket in August and ninety-one.
This did not prevent him in December 1990 to become, together with Col. Gen. Dmitri A. Volkonogovym and Sergei Shakhrai became one of the co-chairs of pro-Yeltsin faction "Left Center". The "Left Center", under the banner of which united a significant number of deputies, became a major political force in parliament. During the 1991 coup Sergei attended the White House, and at the moment of the assault of the building involved in the provision of protesters resistance.
After a failed attempt of coup d'etat, Sergei Stepashin was appointed head of the group responsible for investigating the activities of participants in the uprising. After that he was appointed Deputy Minister of Security. While in this post, Stepashin remembered the disclosure of a number of high-profile cases related to organized crime and the shadow economy which then flourished in the country.
Between 1993 and 1998, he served as First Deputy of the Minister of Security, Director of the Federal Counter-intelligence Service, Director of the Federal Security Service, Minister of Justice and Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia.
During the Chechen conflict Stepashin actively trying to resolve the situation in the "hot spot". In December 1994, he was appointed head of counterintelligence for the Caucasus region. The activities entrusted to him Stepashin structure led directly from the field headquarters in Mozdok. Since 1997 Stepashin became a permanent member of the committee by decision of the Chechen conflict, showing himself as an experienced specialist to resolve such issues.
In 1999, he served as first Deputy to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation – Minister of Internal Affairs, the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation.
On May 12, 1999, the president decreed to dismiss Mr. Primakov's government. Sergei Stepashin was appointed acting prime minister, and on May 19 the State Duma (lower house) approved his candidacy to this post. The new cabinet included 16 people from the previous government. Stepashin's government had two first deputy prime ministers and three deputy prime ministers, 27 ministries and 29 ministers (including the chief of the government staff and the minister without a portfolio).
In 1999 he spoke at a government meeting just after returning from Dagestan following Basayev's invasion in 1999. He decided to stand rather than sit to deliver his report: "I fear we have already lost Dagestan." He then stoically announces that President Yeltsin has decreed his resignation and replaced him with a man he describes as "decent and worthy": Vladimir Putin.
On August 9, 1999 the president signed a decree on the first deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation, thereby introducing the third post of the first deputy prime minister. Vladimir Putin was appointed to this post. Mr. Stepashin's government was dismissed, Mr. Putin appointed acting prime minister. On August 16, 1999 the State Duma approved his candidacy to this post.
After being elected as a member of the State Duma in December 1999, he led a commission in the struggle against corruption. On April 19, 2000 the State Duma appointed S.V. Stepashin to the post of Chairman of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation. February 4, 2005, Sergei Vadimovich Stepashin was dismissed from the position by the State Duma, and then re-appointed Chairman of the Accounts Chamber by request of the President of the Russian Federation.
In this position, Stepashin spent a record for the Russian policy of life: more than thirteen years, until, until September 2013, Tatyana Golikova became Sergei's successor in this position. From 2002 to 2005, he was President of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (EUROSAI). From 2007, he was a member of the governing council of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI). On January 26, 2011, S.V. Stepashin was once again appointed Chairman of the Accounts Chamber for a third term by request of the President of the Russian Federation. On January 9, 2014, appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the State "Housing Reform Fund" Corporation. He is a State Counsellor of Justice of the Russian Federation.
Decorated with the orders "For Merit to the Fatherland", 2nd and 3rd class, the "Order of Courage", the "St. Seraphim of Sarov" order, 1st and 2nd class, the French "Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur", the Swedish order "Kommendör av första klassen", the "For Distinction in Military Service" medal, 1st and 2nd class, the "For excellent service in the protection of public order" medal, and others.
For many years he is married to a female bank employee, Tamara Stepashin. In 1976 the couple had a son, Vladimir. He chose to become a financier, graduated from the University of Economics in St. Petersburg. In the summer of 1999, Tamara Stepashin was the Deputy Chairman of the Board of PSB.
Sergei Stepashin knows the English language, which allows him to read the primary source of English and American literature. He also has the classic hobby of Russian intellectuals - is interested in theater, and tries not to miss new productions. As a child, Sergei, like most Soviet teenagers, enthusiastically played football and chess. The sport became part of his work, because, among other things, he became Chairman of the Board is respected "Dynamo" sports community. According to colleagues, he understands the processes taking place in modern football, and takes key decisions for the development of Russian sports.
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