Acting President of Russia

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The Acting President of the Russian Federation (Russian: Исполняющий обязанности Президента Российской Федерации) is a temporary post provided by the Constitution of Russia. The Acting President is a person who fulfills the duties of President of the Russian Federation when cases of incapacity and vacancy occur. This post is held by the Prime Minister of Russia.


Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin assumed the role of Acting President when President Boris Yeltsin underwent heart surgery. Chernomyrdin served for one day, from 5 November to 6 November 1996.[1] No major event occurred during that time.


After Yeltsin's resignation on 31 December 1999, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin served as Acting President until 7 May 2000, when he took office as elected President.[2]

During the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis, Vice President Alexander Rutskoy was named by Parliament as the Acting President when the legislature announced Yeltsin's removal from office. On 21 September 1993 at 12:22 a.m., Rutskoy assumed the powers of acting president of Russia. He took the presidential oath, stating, "I am taking the authority of President. The anti-constitutional decree of President Yeltsin is annulled."

Rutskoy's interim presidency, although constitutional, was never acknowledged outside of Russia. After the two-week standoff and the violence on the streets of Moscow, on 4 October 1993 the Parliament building was taken by Yeltsin's military forces. Rutskoy and his supporters were arrested and charged with organization of mass disturbances. On the same day, Yeltsin officially dismissed Rutskoy as vice president and fired him from the military forces. The Vice Presidency was abolished.


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Portrait Name Affiliation Term of office Main post Notes
Evstafiev-alexander-rutskoy-w.jpg Alexander Rutskoy
Александр Руцкой
(1947-09-16) September 16, 1947 (age 70)
Non-partisan September 22, 1993 October 4, 1993 Vice President De jure, being acting President during the 1993 constitutional crisis, at the same time with Boris Yeltsin.
Viktor Chernomyrdin-1.jpg Viktor Chernomyrdin
Виктор Черномырдин
(1938-04-09)April 9, 1938 – November 3, 2010(2010-11-03) (aged 72)
Our Home – Russia November 5, 1996 November 6, 1996 Prime Minister Acting President during President Yeltsin's heart surgery.
Vladimir Putin 4 January 2000.jpg Vladimir Putin
Владимир Путин
(1952-10-07) October 7, 1952 (age 65)
Unity December 31, 1999 May 7, 2000 Prime Minister Became acting president when President Yeltsin resigned.

Living former Acting Presidents[edit]

As of August 2018, there are two living former Acting Presidents. The most recent death of an Acting President was that of Viktor Chernomyrdin (1996) on November 3, 2010.



  1. ^ "Chernomyrdin, Viktor Stepanovich". Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ Bohlen, Celestine (January 1, 2000). "Yeltsin Resigns: The Overview; Yeltsin Resigns, Naming Putin as Acting President To Run in March Election". New York Times.