|Minister of Defense|
6 November 2012
|Prime Minister||Dmitry Medvedev|
|Preceded by||Anatoliy Serdyukov|
|Governor of Moscow Oblast|
11 May 2012 – 6 November 2012
|Preceded by||Boris Gromov|
|Succeeded by||Ruslan Tsalikov (Acting)|
|Leader of United Russia|
1 December 2001 – 15 April 2005
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Boris Gryzlov|
|Minister of Emergency Situations|
17 April 1991 – 11 May 2012
|Prime Minister||Boris Yeltsin
Yegor Gaidar (Acting)
Viktor Chernomyrdin (Acting)
Viktor Khristenko (Acting)
Viktor Zubkov (Acting)
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Vladimir Puchkov|
|Born||Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu
21 May 1955
Chadan, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Before 1991)
Our Home-Russia (1995–1999)
United Russia (2001–present)
|Alma mater||Krasnoyarsk Polytechnical Institute|
|Allegiance|| Soviet Union
|Service/branch||Military Council of the Civil Defence Troops|
|Years of service||1991–present|
|Rank||General of the Army|
Sergey Kuzhugetovich Shoygu (Russian: Серге́й Кужуге́тович Шойгу́, Tuvan: Сергей Күжүгет оглу Шойгу; born 21 May 1955) is a Russian politician who has served in the government of Russia as Minister of Defence since 2012. Previously he was Minister of Emergency Situations from 1991 to 2012 and briefly served as Governor of Moscow Oblast in 2012. He holds the military rank of General of the Army. He is also the President of the International Sport Federation of Firefighters and Rescuers.
Early life and education
Shoygu was born in Chadan, Tuva, to a Tuvan father and a Russian mother. During his youth, he acquired the nickname Shaitan (Satan), due to the various stunts he engaged in. In 1977, Shoygu graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute with a degree in civil engineering. Following graduation in 1977, he worked in the construction projects worldwide for the next decade, advancing from low levels to become an executive. In 1988 he became a minor functionary in the Abakan branch of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and then in Komsomol for a couple of years. In 1990 he moved to Moscow from Siberia and was appointed Deputy Chief of State Architecture and Construction Committee of the Russian Federation.
Ministry of Emergency Situations
In 1991, he was appointed the head of Rescuer Corps, which was later given more responsibilities and renamed first to the State Committee on Emergencies, and eventually to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, making Shoygu a government minister. He became popular because of his hands-on management style and high visibility during emergency situations, such as floods, earthquakes and acts of terrorism. In 1999 he became one of the leaders of the Russian pro-government party Unity. He was awarded Russia's most prestigious state award – Hero of the Russian Federation – in 1999.
Governor of Moscow Oblast
In March 2012, he was announced as one of the potential candidates for the Governor of Moscow Oblast. On 5 April 2012, he was elected by Moscow Oblast Duma (legislature) as the 3rd Governor of Moscow Oblast, and took office on 11 May 2012.
Minister of Defence
On 6 November 2012, Shoygu was appointed Minister of Defence when Putin ousted his longtime ally, Anatoly Serdyukov. According to expert Sergey Smirnov, the so-called "Petersburg group” siloviki of Sergei Ivanov, Sergey Chemezov and Viktor Ivanov wanted one of its associates to take Serdyukov’s place at the Defense Ministry. But Putin didn’t want to strengthen them, so he took the neutral figure Shoygu.
On 7 November 2012, the minister decided to resurrect the tradition of Suvorov and Nakhimov cadets participating in the 9 May parade. On July 2013 Shoygu ordered commanders to begin every morning in the barracks with a rendition of the Russian Anthem, to compile an obligatory military-patriotic book reading list and take the preparation of demob albums under their control. On August that year he ordered to dress all Defense Ministry civilian workers, other staff and management employees in so-called "office suits".
Shoygu stated on 26 February 2014 that Russia planned to sign agreements with Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, the Seychelles, Singapore and several other countries either to house permanent military bases and/or to house airplane refuel stations in those countries.
Sergey Shoygu is married to Irina Shoygu, and has two daughters (Yuliya, born 1977, and Kseniya, born 1991). In his spare time, Shoygu enjoys sports such as football, horseback riding, and enjoys music of Vanessa Mae and The Ramones. He speaks nine languages, including English, Japanese, Chinese, and Turkish. He also has the largest collection of ancient samurai swords in Russia, worth over $40 million.
- Order of St Andrew with swords
- Hero of the Russian Federation
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland 2nd class
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland 3rd class
- Order of Honour
- Order for Personal Courage (USSR)
- Medal "For the Return of Crimea"
- Medal Defender of a Free Russia
- Medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow"
- Medal "In Commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of Saint Petersburg"
- Medal "In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan"
- Three Medals "For Strengthening Military Cooperation" (Ministry of Defence)
- Medal "For Diligence in Engineering Tasks" (Ministry of Defence)
- Medal "200 Years of the Ministry of Defence" (Ministry of Defence)
- Medal "200 Years of the Ministry of Internal Affairs" (MVD)
- Medal "For Merit of the Stavropol Territory"
- Honoured Rescue Worker of the Russian Federation
- Order of "Merit of the Altai Territory"
- Honorary Citizen of the Kemerov Oblast
- Order "Danaker" (Kyrgyzstan)
- Order of the Serbian flag 2nd class
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sergey Shoigu.|
- "General information about Federation"
- "Russia’s Sergei Shoigu: Master of emergencies". The Economist. 7 November 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
- Сергей Шойгу – биография
- Shoigu Tipped as Next Moscow Region Governor, The Moscow Times.
- Emergencies Minister shortlisted for Moscow region governance, Russia Today.
- Murmansk Governor Out, New Moscow Region Governor In
- Шойгу придется «воевать» на два фронта
- Новая летопись военного строительства Хроника
- Golts on Shoygu’s Tenure (Part II), September 2014, Russian Defense Policy Blog.
- ria.ru: "Russia Seeks Several Military Bases Abroad – Defense Minister" 26 Feb 2014
- Inventor in Hot Water Over Use of Shoigu's Name Alexander Bratersky, Moscow Times. 15 February 2010.
- Russian minister's driver fired over threat to shoot motorist
|Ministry of Emergency Situations
|Governor of Moscow Oblast
|Minister of Defence
|Party political offices|
|New office||Leader of United Russia