MOSCOW, Nov 9 The first leader died at the age of 72 Federal Drug Control Service of the Russian Federation Viktor Cherkesov, State Duma deputy Alexander Khinshtein said on his Telegram channel.
The Federal Drug Control Service of Russia existed from March 2003 to April 2016, then its functions were transferred to the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Viktor Cherkesov was born on July 13, 1950 in Leningrad. Graduated from the Faculty of Law of Leningrad State University. He worked in the prosecutor's office and in the department of the KGB of the USSR in Leningrad.
In the 1990s, he headed the FSB department in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region, since August 1998, immediately after the appointment of Vladimir Putin as director of the FSB, he became his first deputy.
From 2000 to 2003, Cherkesov worked as a presidential plenipotentiary in the Northwestern Federal District, in March 2003 he headed the State Committee for the Control of Illegal Traffic in Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances, later reorganized into a federal service. Cherkesov led the department until 2008.