Vladimirov says that he left the GRU at the end of the 90s, by which point he was a colonel. He subsequently became part of "Nobility and Faith," a union of special services veterans.
“I was one of the co-founders and provided some of the ideological groundwork,” says Vladimirov. “This fund was created in Moscow. The situation was quite dire back then. Whenever someone was injured or, God forbid, died, their families were left without any state support. The fund’s founder was Alpha commander Robert Ivon. The fund was set up to support the families of those who were either killed or wounded in battle. This is also needed in Karelia as well. I did not receive any salary or rations for eight months. He helped the veterans, and at night, worked as a taxi driver. That’s just how it was. As far as I’m aware, the fund no longer exists."