|8th Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan|
22 May 2002 – 25 March 2005
|President||Askar Akayev Ishenbai Kadyrbekov (Acting)|
|Preceded by||Kurmanbek Bakiyev|
|Succeeded by||Kurmanbek Bakiyev|
5 November 1945|
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.
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.
- Bruce Pannier, "Kyrgyzstan: Prime Minister Narrowly Survives Confidence Vote", Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 9 April 2004.
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