Alexander Voloshin

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Alexander Voloshin, left, with Vladimir Putin.

Alexander Staliyevich Voloshin (Russian: Александр Стальевич Волóшин) (born 3 March 1956) is a Russian politician who briefly was chairman of the Board of Directors of RAO UES, the former Russian state power utility, which was liquidated as part of the country's comprehensive power sector reforms on 1 July 2008.

In 1997, he was appointed as an assistant to the Chief of the Russian presidential administration under Boris Yeltsin. He then went on to serve as a Deputy Chief from September 1998 to March 1999 and the Chief of Presidential Administration from 19 March to 31 December 1999.

Voloshin retained his position after Vladimir Putin became Acting President on 31 December 1999 and was reappointed as the Chief of the Administration after Putin's inauguration as President in May. Voloshin quickly became a core member of Putin's team and was especially praised for his stamina and his ability to "devour work".[1] According to Tatyana Dyachenko, "At work he is like some complex well-maintained machine that does not know tiredness. I sometimes don't know how he can stand it."[2]

Voloshin resigned on 29 October 2003. While Chief of staff, Voloshin was widely regarded as pro-business, and his resignation amidst the prosecutorial focus on Yukos Oil Company, was seen as part of a broader turn away from free-market systems.[3]

On 26 December 2008, Voloshin was named Chairman of Norilsk Nickel.[4]


  1. ^ Richard Sakwa: Putin: Russia's Choice. 2nd Edition. pp. 72–74
  2. ^ Richard Sakwa: Putin: Russia's Choice. 2nd Edition. p. 340
  3. ^ "Key Kremlin figure 'quits'". BBC News. 29 October 2003. 
  4. ^ Popova, Nadia (29 December 2008). "Voloshin Named Norilsk Chairman". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 30 December 2008. 
Preceded by
Nikolai Bordyuzha
Chief of the Russian presidential administration
19 March 1999, – 30 October 2003
Succeeded by
Dmitry Medvedev