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Nurgaliyev was born on October 8, 1956 in Dzhetygar in Kazakhstan in the family of militia officers.
In 1974-1979 he studied economics at Petrozavodsk State University.
In 1979-1981 he worked as a school teacher of physics.
In 1981-1995 he worked for the KGB/FSB in Karelian ASSR. He worked his way up from the security officer in a district to head of anti-terrorist department.
In 1995-1998 Nurgaliyev served in the central office of the Federal Counterintelligence Service, and then in the FSB as chief inspector of organizational inspectorial administration, and head of the inherent security department.
In 1998-1999 he was chief of the main control directorate of the Russian President.
In 1999-2002 he headed the anti-smuggling and anti-drug trafficking division at the Department of Economic Security of the FSB. He also was Federal Security Service chief inspector.
In 2002-2004 he was first deputy Minister of the Interior. On December 31, 2003 he was appointed acting Minister of the Interior.
On March 9, 2004 he became Minister of the Interior.
Order of Merit for the Fatherland, III and IV degree
Medal of Honour
Order of Saint Blessed Dmitry Donskoy, I degree (2005, ROC)
Order of Akhmad Kadyrov (2006, Chechen Republic)
Honourary Citizen of the Republic of Karelia
Award named after Yuri Andropov
General of the Army
He is married to Margarita Nurgaliyeva and has two sons, both of whom work in law enforcement agencies.
According to the tax declaration for 2010, Nurgaliyev’s earnings reached 4.1 million rubles, and his wife’s revenue amounted to 925 thousand rubles. In addition, the Minister owns a 1.5 thousand square meters land plot and has a 182 square meters apartment in shared ownership with his wife. His wife also owns an apartment of 36 square meters.
In 1981 Nurgaliyev engaged in service in the State Security Committee of the Karelian ASSR. In 1992-1994 he served under the leadership of Nikolai Patrushev, Minister of Security of Karelia, who later became chief of the Federal Security Service.
Source: Kommersant, March 11, 2004
In June 2004 Nuraliyev’s nephew, who had had too much alcohol, prompted a scandal and publicly beat up a woman in a nightclub in Serpukhovo. When militia officers arrived and found out who the culprit of the turmoil was, they preferred to hush up the case. But even before that his nephew had been arrested for driving a car without license plates and had been involved in drunken fights in Russkaya Troika.
Source: Moskovsky Komsomolets, June 22, 2004.
In spring 2005 Nurgaliyev declared the militia operation that had been held in Blagoveshchensk on December 10-14 2005 a "legitimate and justified" one. The militia intended to identify the participants of the fight, which resulted in three militia officers being injured. Hundreds of townspeople were illegally detained and beaten. Even according to official figures, a total of 341 people were considered victims of the operation. Ten militia officers, including the head of the Blagoveshchensk GROVD, chief of operational riot police squad, and deputy chief of the city criminal investigation faced charges of abuse of office.
Source: Kommersant, March 30, 2005
In June 2005 Beslan Mothers Committee members accused Nurgaliyev and a number of officials of “negligence and inaction in the days of the Beslan tragedy”. They appealed to Nikolai Shepel, the prosecutor in the case of Nurpashi Kulayev, with a petition asking to initiate a criminal case against mentioned officials.
Source: GZT.ru, June 21, 2005
In August 2009 Nurgaliyev’s ministry posted a notice on the official website of state purchase contracts as to a new tender available for the purchase of furniture on means of the federal budget. The ministry was going to buy furniture and office furniture worth 24.4 million rubles. The acquired items had to meet certain requirements. For example, furniture should be made of rare wood, be decorated with hand-carved ornaments, and head and foot should be coated in gold of the highest standard.
Source: Interfax, August 19, 2009
In autumn 2009 Nurgaliyev’s name was mentioned in connection with a video message to Prime Minister Putin that was uploaded to the Internet. The message was from Aleksey Dymovsky, a militia major from Novorossiysk, who used the video to point out numerous cases of office abuses by UVD senior officers.
Nurgaliyev instructed to suspend Dymovsky from duty for the period of the inspection to be held upon the order of the Minister. Media reported that it was held during two days. According to the official representative of the Russian Ministry of the Interior, cases of abuse mentioned by Dymovsky were not confirmed. After this the major was dismissed from office and subjected to an inspection which was aimed at incriminating him for libel under Article 129 of the Criminal Code. Meanwhile Dymovsky’s video message entailed a series of similar appeals by other law enforcement officials in which they publicly asked Vladimir Putin "to introduce order to Russian militia."
Source: Vremya Novostei, November 10, 2009
Nurgaliyev’s home telephone number is registered as the phone number of Hedge-3 Ltd. Scope of the company includes "financial mediation not included in other groups" meaning "placing the customers’ money" into profitable assets. It is not known who the clients of Hedge-3 are and what their money is invested in. But Russian tourists have seen a woman who looks like Margarita Nurgaliyeva, the Minister’s spouse, in a luxury hotel Bahraini Banyan Tree Desert Spa & Resort. Banyan consists of several luxurious villas. One night stay costs about 50 rubles. But usually guests leave far more extravagant sums of money in local restaurants and spa.
Source: Sobesednik, February 20, 2010
On July 31, 2010 Margarita Nurgaliyeva was involved in a car accident, which killed the driver and passenger in the service vehicle VAZ-2104. According to eyewitnesses, Volkswagen Multivan, in which Nurgaliyeva was traveling, had the lightbar on and did not let the other car pass and turn as it should have according to the traffic rules. At full speed the Volkswagen Multivan rammed the VAZ-2104. Traffic militia officers who arrived at the scene of the road accident were not allowed to investigate by their more senior colleagues.
Source: RBK, December 24, 2010
In 2011 Rashid Nurgaliyev personally awarded retired Lieutenant-General Sergey Kucheruk the medal of Merit in management, II degree. Kucheruk was dismissed by Dmitry Medvedev as head of Kuban GUVD after the massacre in the village of Kushchevskaya.
Source: Kompromaty.ru, February 24, 2011
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