Alexander Nikolayevich Tkachyov

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Alexander Nikolayevich Tkachyov
Александр Николаевич Ткачёв
Министр сельского хозяйства Александр Ткачёв.jpg
Russia Minister of Agriculture
In office
April 22, 2015 – present
Preceded by Nikolay Vasilyevich Fyodorov
Krasnodar Krai 6th Governor of Krasnodar Krai
In office
December 3, 2000 – April 22, 2015
Preceded by Nikolai Kondratenko
Succeeded by Benjamin Kondratiev
Personal details
Born (1960-12-23) December 23, 1960 (age 54)
Vyselki, Krasnodar Krai, USSR
Nationality Russian
Political party United Russia
Spouse(s) Olga Tkachev
Children Tatiana
Alma mater Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute
Profession Mechanical Engineer
Religion Russian Orthodox Church[1]

Alexander Nikolayevich Tkachyov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Никола́евич Ткачёв) (born December 23, 1960 in Vyselki, Krasnodar Krai, USSR) is the former governor of Krasnodar Krai in the southern European part of Russia. He has served as Russian Minister of agriculture since April 2015.


He was elected to Krasnodar Krai's legislative assembly in 1994. Subsequently, he was elected to the State Duma of Russia in 1995 and re-elected in 1999. He was elected governor of Krasnodar Krai on December 3, 2000 and was re-elected on March 14, 2004. Preceded by Nikolay Kondratenko. He is a graduate of the Krasnodar Polytechnic Institute.[2] The Financial Times describes him as one of Vladimir Putin's "most loyal lieutenants".[3]

Tkachyov has been an advocate for building a dam across the Kerch Strait, between Krasnodar Krai and Ukraine.[4] Tkachyov is also known for his strong stand against illegal immigration in Russia. Some commentators interpret his remarks as racist, particularly against the Meskhetians.[5]

On August 2, 2012 Tkachyov announced plans to deploy a paramilitary force of Cossacks in Krasnodar Krai beginning September, 2012 as vigilantes to discourage internal immigration by Muslim Russians. In a speech to police he stated, "What you can't do, the Cossacks can. We have no other way — we shall stamp it out, instill order; we shall demand paperwork and enforce migration policies."[6]

On April 22, 2015, Vladimir Putin named him as the Minister of Agriculture in Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet, replacing Nikolay Fyodorov who was promoted to work in the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation



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Preceded by
Nikolai Kondratenko
Governor of Krasnodar Krai
5 January 2001-22 April 2015
Succeeded by
Veniamin Kondratev