Defense industry chief Rogozin demonstrates handgun skills in YouTube video
[ Editor’s Note: Dimitry Rogozin worked his way up through tumultuous rough and tumble days of the 1990s Russian politics with parties forming, merging and splitting while trying to build national coalitions. In 2008, he was riding Putin’s coattails into executive office as Russia’s ambassador to NATO, so he has had a front row seat during NATO’s march to the East.
He has been flamboyant and outspoken, and gotten into some trouble for it, but it also raised his profile as a man who did not hide where he stood on things. That seems to have paid off, as he has a key job now in defense where he gets to powwow with world leaders on defense issues, maybe polishing up for a higher position.
This caught my attention as Russian leaders have tended not to do media on their personal lives, and certainly would not want to appear competing with Putin. Somebody over there pushed a button and ordered some personal media to be published. We shall see if this is a one-time fluke, or maybe we will see more short profiles like this, which I think is a good idea… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … December 21, 2015 –
“All roads lead to the shooting range” Rogozin tweeted as he announced the master class in pistol shooting. Later, a video appeared online showing him hitting targets from various positions and in various styles, including ambidextrous shooting, which in Russian is better known as ‘Macedonian’ style.
Rogozin was a well-known firearms enthusiast long before his appointment as deputy PM in charge of the defense industry. He has also used his expertise in this field to promote certain models of the newest Russian weapons, such as ORSIS sniper rifles and the latest developments of the Kalashnikov concern.
In 2012, Rogozin traded in his BMW car for the civilian version of the Russian ‘Tigr’ (tiger) combat vehicle.
“I’ve been telling that [the] Russian defense industry can do quality non-military products,” Rogozin tweeted back then. “Let’s switch from ‘trophy’ to domestic.
Dmitryi Olegovich Rogozin (Russian: Дми́трий Оле́гович Рого́зин; born 21 December 1963) is a Russian politician who has been Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, in charge of defense industry, since 2011.
In January 2008, he became Russia’s ambassador to NATO, serving until December 2011. He was a leader of the Rodina (Motherland) party until it merged with other similar Russian parties to form the Fair Russia party.He holds a doctor’s degree and is said to speak four languages.
On 23 December 2011 Dmitry Rogozin was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister, in charge of defense and space industry. As responsible for the defense industry he leads the creation of the Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry.