Yuri Trutnev

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Yuri Petrovich Trutnev
Юрий Петрович Трутнев
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Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District
In office
August 31, 2013 – present
Preceded by Viktor Ishayev
Assistant to the President of Russia
In office
May 22, 2012 – August 31, 2013
2nd Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of Russia
In office
March 9, 2004 – May 21, 2012
Preceded by Vitaly Artyukhov
Succeeded by Sergey Donskoy
3rd Governor of Perm Oblast
In office
December 17, 2000 – March 11, 2004
Preceded by Gennady Igumnov
Succeeded by Oleg Chirkunov
1st Mayor of Perm
In office
December 9, 1996 – December 17, 2000
Preceded by Vladimir Fil
Succeeded by Arkady Kamenev
Personal details
Born (1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 58)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian

Yuri Petrovich Trutnev (Юрий Петрович Трутнев) (born March 1, 1956) is a Russian politician. From 2004 to 2012, he was Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment of the Russian Federation. From 2012 to 2013 he was Assistant to the President of Russia. On August 31, 2013, he was named Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District. Holds a 5th dan in Kyokushin Karate.

Local government[edit]

He was chosen mayor of the city of Perm in 1996 (achieving 61.42% support in the first round) and elected governor of the Perm region in 2000 (51.48%).

Federal government[edit]

During his time as a governor he maintained a neutral stance towards the Kremlin regime, unlike many other governors who joined the pro-Putin party United Russia. Trutnev's hobbies include rally racing and karate.

In 2008 and 2009, Trutnev was officially Russia's best earning government member. In April 2010, he reported an overall income of 155 million rubles ($5.34 million) for the past fiscal year, according to figures published by the government.[1] President Dmitry Medvedev in 2008 obliged all government officials to publish their incomes and assets, in his drive to fight rampant corruption. However the figures do not explain how money was earned.[2]

Defending seals[edit]

Russia made headlines worldwide when, on March 18, 2010, it announced that it would ban the killing of seals less than a year old,[3] effectively ending one of the biggest kills of harp seals in the world. Yuri Trutnev called the seal slaughter "bloody", and remarked that the killing of defenseless animals can't be deemed a "hunt".[4]

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