Category: Siloviki

Everything you need to know about silovarchs — Russia’s security elites — and the power they wield

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s close circle are siloviki. Alexey Nikolsky/AFP via Getty Images Russia’s security elites are silovarchs, a term combining “oligarch” and “siloviki” (“people of force.”) Daniel Treisman, who coined the term, told Insider about their influence and power.  Analyst Hugo Crosthwaite said silovarchs are closer to President Vladimir Putin than oligarchs.  Oligarchs, who are some of the world’s wealthiest individuals, have been under…