Viktor Khristenko

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Viktor Khristenko
Виктор Христенко
Khristenko 2.jpg
Portrait of Viktor Khristenko
Chairman of the Eurasian Commission
Assumed office
19 December 2011
Minister of Industry
In office
9 March 2004 – 31 January 2012
Preceded by Andrey Fursenko
Succeeded by Denis Manturov
First Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
In office
31 May 1999 – 10 January 2000
Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin
Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Mikhail Zadornov
Succeeded by Vladimir Putin
Personal details
Born (1957-08-28) 28 August 1957 (age 57)
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Spouse(s) Tatyana Golikova
Children Julia
Religion Russian Orthodox

Viktor Borisovich Khristenko (Russian: Ви́ктор Бори́сович Христе́нко; born 28 August 1957) is the current chairman of Eurasian Commission. He was the Russian Minister of Industry from 9 March 2004 to 31 January 2012 and First Deputy Prime Minister from 31 May 1999 to 10 January 2000.

Early life and education[edit]

Khristenko was born in Chelyabinsk on 28 August 1957.[1][2] Kristenko graduated in 1979 from Chelyabinsk Mechanical Engineering Institute with a specialization in construction management and Economics. In 1983, he completed his Candidate of Sciences in Management at the Moscow Institute of Management.[3]


Khristenko was the briefly acting Prime Minister of Russia from 24 February to 5 March 2004.[4] Russian President Vladimir Putin fired Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on 24 February 2004.

At the time, The Washington Post called Kasyanov "the most powerful ally of big business remaining in the Russian government." Khristenko, 46 at the time, was promoted from deputy prime minister to acting prime minister.[1] Putin commented that Kasyanov's ousting was not related to the results of the government's activities, which he characterized as positive, but rather was caused by a necessity to once again confirm his position, which would guide the development of the country after 14 March 2004.[5]

However, on 1 March 2004 Putin nominated Mikhail Fradkov to become the next prime minister. Fradkov was confirmed by the State Duma four days later.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Khristenko's second wife Tatyana Golikova has been the minister of health and social development since September 2007. They married in 2003.

Honours and awards[edit]

This article incorporates information from the Russian Wikipedia.


  1. ^ a b Baker, Peter; Glasser, Susan B. (25 February 2004). "Putin Fires Premier, Cabinet In Surprise Pre-Election Move". The Washington Post. p. A17. Retrieved 19 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Viktor Khristenko". ECE. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Russia Profile Viktor Khristenko
  4. ^ Russia from 1991: Prime Ministers Rulers
  5. ^ "Виктор Христенко приступил к исполнению обязанностей главы правительства" (Viktor Khristenko Becomes Acting Prime-Minister), Lenta, 24 February 2004
  6. ^ March 2004, Russia Rulers

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mikhail Kasyanov
Acting Prime Minister of Russia
Succeeded by
Mikhail Fradkov