Dmitry Kozak

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Dmitry Nikolayevich Kozak
Дмитрий Николаевич Козак
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Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
Assumed office
14 October 2008
Minister of Regional Development
In office
24 September 2007 – 14 October 2008
Preceded by Vladimir Yakovlev
Succeeded by Victor Basargin
Personal details
Born (1958-11-07) 7 November 1958 (age 55)
Bandurovo, Kirovograd, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Dmitry Nikolayevich Kozak (Russian: Дмитрий Николаевич Козак) (born 7 November 1958), is a Russian politician, serving since October 2008 as deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

He was previously a regional development minister in the Russian cabinet, headed by Viktor Zubkov. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Presidential Plenipotentiary Representative in the Southern Federal District (North Caucasus and Southern European Russia).[1]

Dmitry Kozak is known as a close ally of Vladimir Putin, having worked with him in the St Petersburg city administration during the 1990s and later becoming one of the key figures in Putin's presidential team. During the 2004 Russian presidential election he was head of Putin’s election campaign team.[2] Kozak was one of several members of Putin's circle touted in the media as a possible candidate to succeed Putin as president in 2008.[3]

Kozak is married and has two sons.

Early life and career[edit]

Dmitry Kozak was born on 7 November 1958 in the village of Bandurovo, in the Kirovograd region of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the USSR).[4]

Kozak graduated from Leningrad State University (now St. Petersburg State University) in 1985 with a degree in law. From 1985 to 1989 he worked in the Leningrad prosecutor's office as a Prosecutor and Senior Prosecutor. He moved into the business sector in 1989, working as head of the legal department at Monolit-Kirovstroy construction company and chief legal consultant for the Association of Trade Ports.[5]

Political career[edit]

Kozak worked as a public prosecutor in Leningrad and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, holding various legal offices in the city’s administration. In 1998 he became Deputy Governor of Saint Petersburg.

In 1999, along with other St. Petersburg city officials, he joined the government of Vladimir Putin. He was Chief of Staff from 1999 to 2000. Dmitry Kozak became deputy head of the presidential administration and remained in this position under various titles until 2004. In 2003 he briefly entered international politics and unsuccessfully attempted to solve the conflict between Transnistria and Moldova (see Kozak memorandum).

In September 2004 Kozak was appointed Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Southern Federal District, replacing Vladimir Yakovlev. On September 24, 2007 he was appointed to the new Russian cabinet headed by Viktor Zubkov as regional development minister, succeeding Vladimir Yakovlev again, and leaving his previous position. On October 14, 2008 he became deputy prime minister of Russia.

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Putin announces new Russian government line-up, Reuters, 24 September 2008.
  2. ^ Putin ally takes charge of 2014 Olympics preparations, Russia Today, 14 October 2008
  3. ^ Russia's Medvedev: Expect surprises in Kremlin race, Reuters, 30 September 2007.
  4. ^ Biography of Dmitry Kozak, Kommersant, 25 September 2007 (in Russian).
  5. ^ Biography of Dmitry Kozak, RIA Novosti website, 24 September 2007 (in Russian).
  6. ^ Награждённые государственными наградами Российской Федерации, 24 March 2014 (in Russian)

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Vladimir Yakovlev
Presidential Envoy to the Southern Federal District
September 13, 2004 - September 24, 2007
Succeeded by
Grigory Rapota