Nikolai Tanayev

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Nikolai Tanayev
8th Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan
In office
22 May 2002 – 25 March 2005
President Askar Akayev
Ishenbai Kadyrbekov (Acting)
Preceded by Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Succeeded by Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Personal details
Born (1945-11-05) 5 November 1945 (age 72)
Mihailovka, Penza Oblast, Russia

Nikolay Timofeyevich Tanayev (Russian: Николай Тимофеевич Танаев; born 5 November 1945 in Mihailovka village, Penzenskaya oblast, Soviet Union) served as the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan from 2002 to 2005, under President Askar Akayev. He is an ethnic Russian. He served as Deputy Prime Minister under Kurmanbek Bakiyev and was made acting PM on 22 May 2002 after Akayev fired Bakiyev. He officially became PM eight days later when the Supreme Council confirmed him.

As Prime Minister he survived a motion of no confidence vote on 8 April 2004. The legislature voted 27 to 14 to remove him from office, short of the necessary 30 votes.[1]

On 24 March 2005 Tanayev resigned as Prime Minister in the midst of the Tulip Revolution. Almost a month later he became special envoy for foreign economic relations in his native Penza region in Russia. However, by June the Acting Prosecutor-General, Azimbek Beknazarov told Parliament that his office had issued an order for Tanayev's arrest. One of the charges relates to 40 million soms ($977,000) in state funds allegedly transferred to a company controlled by his son.

He was the first ethnic Russian Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan since independence.


  1. ^ Bruce Pannier, "Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Narrowly Survives Confidence Vote", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 9 April 2004.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kurmanbek Bakiyev
Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan
Succeeded by
Kurmanbek Bakiyev