Andrey Lugovoy, a former KGB officer
Published time: 3 Mar, 2007 21:00 Edited time: 4 Mar, 2007 00:00
Former KGB officer
1965 - Born in Moscow
1987 - Graduates, Moscow College for Commanders of the Supreme Soviet of Russia
1987 - Joins KGB 9th Directorate
1992 - Transferred to Federal Protection Service
1997 - Head of Security, ORT Television Company, Moscow
2001 - Head and co-owner, Group of Companies 9th Val
2005 - Co-owner, Pershin, Russia's largest manufacturer of kvass
Andrey Lugovoy is a former KGB officer and also worked for the Federal Security Service of Russia. He was born into a Ministry of Defence background, as his father was an officer there. After graduating from the Moscow College for Commanders of the Supreme Soviet of Russia, which was one of the Soviet army’s oldest educational institutions, he started with the KGB 9th directorate, in charge of the personal security of high-ranking state officials. He was a platoon commander for five years and then served as a commander in the Kremlin regiment training company. In 1991, he was transferred to the personal security unit until his resignation at the end of 1996. During his time in the KGB, he provided security for Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar, the head of the presidential administration Sergey Filatov and Foreign Minister Andrey Kozyrev. Andrey Lugovoy’s company Pershin which is Russia's largest manufacturer of kvass - a traditional drink, flavoured with fruit or herbs and known as "children's beer" for its low alcohol content – is involved in private security, soft drinks and wine, and is said to be worth £100 million.
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