The Warrior Who Would Rule Russia

A Profile of Aleksandr Lebed

by Benjamin S. Lambeth


Full Document

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 6.8 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback125 pages $30.00 $24.00 20% Web Discount

This report offers a detailed portrait of retired Russian Army Lieutenant General Aleksandr I. Lebed, who first rose to prominence in 1993 as the commander of Russia’s 14th Army in Moldova and later was appointed security advisor in 1996 by the reelected President Boris Yeltsin. Lebed, who himself finished a strong third in the June 16 presidential election, joined forces with Yeltsin and helped ensure the latter’s victory in the subsequent July 3 runoff. A richer understanding of Lebed’s declared outlook on a broad range of issues can offer valuable insights into what kind of Russia the United States will have to deal with in the years ahead. The report portrays Lebed as a respected professional of strong authoritarian bent and unsure devotion to democracy, yet one who has spoken out against crime and corruption, appears committed to a market economy, and is less aggressively nationalistic than many Western accounts have suggested.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The Popular Image of Lebed

  • Chapter Three

    Lebed’s Rise to Public Prominence

  • Chapter Four

    On Russia and Its Place in the World

  • Chapter Five

    The External Security Environment

  • Chapter Six

    The Military and Society

  • Chapter Seven

    Domestic Politics and Social Problems

  • Chapter Eight

    Lebed’s Likely Policy Agenda

  • Chapter Nine

    Lebed’s Near-Term Political Prospects

  • Chapter Ten

    Implications for the West

  • A Sampler of Lebedisms

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Monograph report series. The monograph/report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1993 to 2003. RAND monograph/reports presented major research findings that addressed the challenges facing the public and private sectors. They included executive summaries, technical documentation, and synthesis pieces.

Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered and complete. Copies may not be duplicated for commercial purposes. Unauthorized posting of RAND PDFs to a non-RAND Web site is prohibited. RAND PDFs are protected under copyright law. For information on reprint and linking permissions, please visit the RAND Permissions page.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.