Sergei Vladilenovich Kirienko


November 30, 2021

Sergej Vladilenovič Kirienko (in Russian: Сергеяй Владилеянович Кириейнко; Sukhumi, 26 July 1962) is a Russian politician, head of the government during the presidency of Boris El'cin from 26 March 1998 to 23 August 1998. From 5 October 2016 he is first deputy- Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of Vladimir Putin ..


The son of a Jewish father, Kirienko was born in Sukhumi, in the Georgian RSS, and grew up in Sochi, in southern Russia. He is the grandson of Jakov Israitel ', a devout Communist and member of the Čeka, to whom Lenin himself bestowed an engraved pistol for his services to the CPSU. After graduating from high school, Kirienko enrolled in the shipbuilding faculty of the Gorky Institute of Shipping Engineers, where his father taught. After his parents' divorce, he decided to keep his mother's Ukrainian surname.

Political career

Kirienko was appointed prime minister on March 23, 1998, after the presidential dismissal of Viktor Černomyrdin, making him the youngest head of the government in Russian history, at 35. The State Duma, dominated by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, refused to confirm his appointment twice, but President Boris Yeltsin appointed him a third time and Kirienko was therefore officially confirmed. Together with Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemcov and Anatolij Čubajs, Kirienko distinguished himself as one of the "young reformists" who tried to modernize the Russian economy using International Monetary Fund credits, while increasing the national debt to 22.6 billions of dollars. The government was subsequently unable to repay the government bonds issued on the market, which led to the devaluation of the ruble and the 1998 Russian financial crisis. Responsible for the crisis, Kirienko then resigned on 23 August 1998. In 1999 he was a candidate for mayor of Moscow. In the elections he came second with 11.2% of the votes, losing to re-elected Yuri Luzhkov. On December 18, 1998, he led his own Russian public political movement "New Force" which later, on May 20, 2000, became part of the new political organization Union of Right Forces (SPS). A list formed together with Boris Nemtsov and Irina Hakamada. In the elections for the State Duma, the list came in fourth place with 8.52% and receiving 29 seats. On the eve of the elections, Kirienko met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on behalf of the SPS and handed him the blockade's pre-election program. From 1999 to 2000 he was a member of the legislative commission of the Duma. On November 30, 2005, Kiriyenko was appointed head of Rosatom, the Federal Atomic Energy Agency. He also became chairman of the board of the nuclear company Atomenergoprom. Since 5 October 2016, he has been President Putin's first deputy chief of staff. On 15 October 2020 he was placed on the list of 6 people sanctioned by the UK and the European Union for the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the Russian dissident who got sick in August 2020 while traveling on a flight within Russia . And then saved from poisoning in Germany and arrested (and later sentenced) on his return to his homeland. In March 2021, the United States, the Joe Biden administration, also launched sanctions against 7 senior Russian officials, all close to Putin, including Kirienko: they will not be able to enter the US and do business with the Americans.


Sergey Kirienko got married at the age of 19. His wife is Maria Vladislavovna Storova. Three children: Vladimir (born 1983), Love (1990), Hope (2002). Kirienko was chairman of the board of directors of Nizhny Novgorodpromstroybank from 2008 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2016 he was chairman of the board of directors of Nizhny Novgorod Capital LLC. At the end of September 2016 he is s

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