8 December 2021. Chairman of the IPA Russian Section Expert Council, President of the Club of Military Leaders of Russia, ex-Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia, Army General, Doctor of Economics Anatoly Kulikov became an invited Special Guest at the Annual Meeting of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists.
The President of the Union is Chief Scientific Secretary of the Higher Attestation Commission under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Russia, Doctor of Law, Professor Igor Matskevich. The moderator of the event was Chief Researcher at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Law under the Russian Federation Government, Doctor of Law, Professor Oleg Zaytsev.
The Annual Meeting was traditionally held in the Meeting room of the Academic Council of Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL).
Anatoly Sergeyevich’s speech was devoted to a wide range of issues and consisted of three main parts: first he shared his life and career experiences. After that he gave an expert assessment of the current state of Russia’s internal security. Finally, he analysed external threats and prospects for international cooperation through official and ‘people’s’ military diplomacy.
Speaking on his life path, Army General A. Kulikov stressed that the determining factor in choosing a profession and, more broadly, a vocation, was his father figure, Sergey Kulikov. His father’s memories of his participation in the Great Patriotic War excited his young son and strengthened Anatoly’s sense of patriotism and determination to become a military person. Already at the age of 41, Anatoly Sergeyevich became Major General, and later, in 1995, he was appointed Minister of Internal Affairs of Russia.
The Final Meeting was chaired by Head of the Bureau of the Union of Criminalists and Criminologists, Doctor of Law, Professor Yury Skuratov. He also served as the Prosecutor General of Russia since 1995. When Anatoly Sergeyevich recalled the difficult period of the 1990s, full of reorganisation uncertainty, he and Yuri Ilyich discussed, from the height of their experience, aspects of Boris Yeltsin and Viktor Chernomyrdin’s years in power.
After his retirement, A. Kulikov engaged in fruitful political activities. He made a significant contribution to the development of a number of Russian federal laws, including the Federal Law ‘On Countering Terrorism’ of 2006. Due to the changed attitude to the definition of terrorism, as well as the whole problem of this heavily destructive social phenomenon, fundamental state reforms were carried out. According to the speaker, today Russia may be considered one of the safest states in terms of counterterrorist security.
The high reputation of a serviceman, manager and politician led Anatoly Sergeevich to his election in 2005 as President of the Club of Military Leaders of the Russian Federation, which he heads at the present time. A. Kulikov outlined the Club’s areas of work. The oragnisation includes more than 2,000 members from the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces, the FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and other structures. The Club organises and conducts patriotic, cultural and educational events, including jointly with educational organisations and departmental institutions, is engaged in publishing activities, and also develops recommendations to the political leadership of Russia. Meetings of the Elbe Group, which consists of Russian-US generals, are held under the Club’s auspices. This form of cooperation allows discussing a wide range of issues related to ensuring international and national security with the direct expression of civil positions by competent persons.
In his report, the Special Guest stressed that diplomacy is carried out not only in high places but also while communicating with ordinary citizens.
After the speech, Anatoly Kulikov answered questions from listeners who were interested, among other things, in his attitude to the ‘Ukrainian’ issue, the current strengths and weaknesses of the law enforcement work in Russia. He also told in more detail about the work of the Club of Military Leaders.
He presented two of his books of memoirs: ‘Heavy Stars’ (2002) and ‘Kulikovo Field’ (2006).