Yevgeny Zinichev

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Yevgeny Zinichev
Евгений Зиничев
Yevgeny Zinichev (2019-06-29).jpg
Minister of Emergency Situations
Assumed office
18 May 2018
Acting: 15 January 2020 – 21 January 2020
Prime MinisterDmitry Medvedev
Mikhail Mishustin
Preceded byVladimir Puchkov
Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service
In office
7 October 2016 – 18 May 2018
Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast
In office
28 July 2016 – 6 October 2016
Preceded byNikolay Tsukanov
Succeeded byAnton Alikhanov
Director of the Kaliningrad Oblast FSB branch
In office
4 June 2015 – 28 July 2016
Preceded byAlexander Kozlov
Succeeded byVasily Petrenko
Personal details
Yevgeny Nikolayevich Zinichev

(1966-08-18) 18 August 1966 (age 54)
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Political partyIndependent
Alma materMilitary Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia
Military service
AllegianceSoviet Union / Russia
Committee for State Security
Federal Security Service
Federal Protective Service
Ministry of Emergency Situations
RankGeneral of the Army

Yevgeny Nikolayevich Zinichev (Russian: Евгений Николаевич Зиничев; born in 18 August 1966), Russian statesman, politician and military officer. He serves as the Minister of Emergency Situations since May 18, 2018. He is also the member of the Security Council of Russia since May 28, 2018. In 2016, he served as the acting Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast before being replaced by Anton Alikhanov. He is ranked General of the Army as of 2020.


Yevgeny Zinichev was born in Leningrad on 18 August 1966.

From 1984 to 1986, after graduation from high school, he served on the call-up service in the Northern Fleet of the Soviet Navy.

Zinichev graduated from the St. Petersburg Institute of Business and Law, receiving diplomas on graduation from two faculties: economics and "finance and credit".[1]

He was a KGB officer from 1987 until 1991, and a member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

He worked at the Central Office of the Federal Security Service of Russia, going from operative officer to head of regional management.

Since 1991, he has served in the Federal Security Service.

From 2006 until 2015, Zinichev worked in the personal security of the Presidential Security Service of the Russian Federation, accompanying the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin (from 2008-2012), on working trips.[2] In the archival photographs ITAR-TASS, during this period, he was referred to as an "FSO officer" or "FSB officer", everywhere in the immediate vicinity of Putin.

From 2012 to 2013, he underwent a retraining course at the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

In 2014, he has served as the Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Security Service.

In June 2015, Zinichev was appointed Chief of the Federal Security Service of Russia in Kaliningrad Oblast, replacing Alexander Kozlov in this post.[3]

The official biography of Zinichev says that from 1987 to 2015, the official "served in various positions in state security agencies." Specific service locations are however not specified.[4]

On 28 July 2016, within the framework of the largest staff rotation in 2016, President Putin appointed Zinichev as acting Governor of Kaliningrad Oblast.[5] His predecessor, Nikolay Tsukanov was appointed Plenipotentiary of the President in the Northwest Federal District at that time.[6]

During the first press conference, which lasted 49 seconds, the priority was to attract investment to the Kaliningrad Oblast and stabilize the socio-economic situation.[7]

On October 6, 2016, he resigned from his post as governor of the Kaliningrad region at will, due to family circumstances.[8][9] He worked 70 days in his post. His successor was Anton Alikhanov.[10]

On 7 October 2016, Zinichev was appointed Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service. In the same month he was awarded the rank of Lieutenant General.

On 17 May 2018, Prime Minister Medvedev nominated Zinichev for the post of head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia instead of Vladimir Puchkov. Putin endorsed the election of the prime minister and approved a new cabinet with Zinichev as Minister of Emergency Situations.[11]

To Putin's decree on 28 May 2018, Zinichev included in the Security Council of the Russian Federation.[12]

In December 2018, Yevgeny Zinichev was promoted to the rank of Colonel-General in the post of Minister of Emergency Situations.[13]

On 15 January 2020, he resigned as part of the cabinet, after President Vladimir Putin delivered the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly, in which he proposed several amendments to the constitution.[14] He was reinstated on 21 January 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Zinichev is married, and has a son, a grandson and two granddaughters.[15]


  1. ^ Таинственный диплом: что за вуз окончил несостоявшийся губернатор Зиничев
  2. ^ Текст: Алексей Милованов, главный редактор «Нового Калининграда. Ru». Путин доверил Калининградскую область своему личному охраннику. Интернет-портал «Новый Калининград. Ru» // (29 июля 2016 года)
  3. ^ Новым начальником УСФБ по Калининградской области назначен Евгений Зиничев. Информационное агентство «Русский Запад» (Калининград) // (23 июня 2015 года)
  4. ^ Путин поставил во главе Калининградской области своего бывшего охранника. «», 29.07.2016
  5. ^ Евгений Зиничев назначен врио Губернатора Калининградской области. Официальный сайт Президента Российской Федерации // (28 июля 2016 года)
  6. ^ Путин отправил в отставку губернаторов Севастополя, Калининградской и Ярославской областей и сменил трёх полпредов. «», 28.07.2016
  7. ^ Новый губернатор Калининградской области «отработал» пресс-конференцию за 49 секунд. «», 31.07.2016
  8. ^ Путин сменил главу Калининградской области по его просьбе. — Назначенный в конце июля и. о. губернатора Евгений Зиничев попросил перевести его на другую работу в связи с семейными обстоятельствами. Информационное агентство «Интерфакс» // (6 октября 2016 года)
  9. ^ Назначенный на пост губернатора Калининградской области бывший охранник Путина ушёл в отставку. Телеканал «Дождь» // (6 октября 2016 года)
  10. ^ Путин сменил калининградского губернатора, который руководил регионом два месяца., 06.10.2016
  11. ^ "Рабочая встреча с Председателем Правительства Дмитрием Медведевым" (in Russian).
  12. ^ В состав Совета Безопасности внесены изменения /, 28 мая 2018 года
  13. ^ Главе МЧС России Евгению Зиничеву присвоено звание генерал-полковника / «Слово и дело», 24 декабря 2018
  14. ^ Carroll, Oliver (January 15, 2020). "Russian PM resigns in shock move as Putin announces dramatic constitutional shake-up". The Independent. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  15. ^ Новый состав правительства России: 18 мая 2018 года Владимир Путин подписал указ о назначении новых министров и вице-премьеров

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