Yuriy Kolobov

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Yuriy Kolobov
Юрій Колобов
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Minister of Finance of Ukraine
In office
February 28, 2012[1] – February 27, 2014
Prime MinisterMykola Azarov
Preceded byValeriy Khoroshkovskyi
Succeeded byOleksandr Shlapak
Personal details
Born (1973-04-08) April 8, 1973 (age 45)
Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, Ukraine
ChildrenA daughter and a son[2]

Yuriy Kolobov (Ukrainian: Юрій Володимирович Колобов (born 8 April 1973 in Pavlohrad, Dnipropetrovsk Oblast,[2] Ukraine (at that time part of the Soviet Union) is a former Minister of Finance of Ukraine.[2]


Kolobov graduated from Dnipro State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the University of Kharkiv.[2]

He has worked as a director of treasury for the State Savings Bank of Ukraine (OshchadBank) until June 2008.[2] From June to December 2008 Kolobov was chairman of the board for the BTA Bank.[2] He also worked as a counselor on banking issues for the Finance Company Kibrit. In 2010 Kolobov was a leading executive for the State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (UkrExImBank).[2]

From December 29, 2010 he was appointed the first deputy of the chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine.[2][3]

On February 28, 2012 (by decree of President Viktor Yanukovych) he was appointed Minister of Finance.[2]

On 25 September 2014 Ukraine opened a criminal probe into Kolobov; he is accused of illegally transferring a $450,000 fee to Russia’s state-run VTB Capital as a kickback for the 17 December 2013 Ukrainian–Russian action plan.[4] Five days later a criminal probe into Kolobov was opened for embezzling Ukrtelekom.[5]

Since 3 July 2014 Kolobov is in the international wanted list for abuse of power.[6][7][8]

Russian prosecutors refuse to extradite Kolobov to Ukraine and (according to Ukraine falsely) state that they have not received such a request from Ukraine.[8]

According to the interior ministry of Ukraine, Kolobov was arrested on 4. March 2015 in a flat located in the luxury development "Altea Hills"[9] near the Spanish town of Valencia.[10] After hearings the Spanish court concluded that Kolobov was innocent and the case was politically motivated [1]. The Spanish police announced that the Kolobov case is politically motivated [2]


Kolobov likes playing basketball. He was promoting Ukraine to host EuroBasket 2015 when he was a Minister of finance. In May 2016 Kolobov was appointed a Chairman of the Tutorial Council of the Ukrainian Basketball Federation. In May 2016 ex-minister incurred expenses for Ukraine national under-15 basketball team that participated in championship hosted by Spain. Furthermore, Kolobov was called up for Ukraine veterans basketball team.


  1. ^ (in Ukrainian) ЯНУКОВИЧ ПОСТАВИВ НА МІНФІН ЛЮДИНУ СІМ`Ї Yanukovych has put ON HUMAN MOF family, Ukrayinska Pravda (12 April 2012)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j (in Russian) Small biography, Информационно-аналитический центр "ЛІГА"
  3. ^ Арбузов забирає в Нацбанк старих знайомих Arbuzov gathers into the National Bank his old acquaintances
  4. ^ Ukraine Probes Ex-Minister Over $3 Billion Russian Bond, Bloomberg News (Sep 25, 2014)
  5. ^ General Prosecutor opened another case against Yanukovych. Ukrayinska Pravda. 30 September 2014
  6. ^ Ukraine ex-leader Yanukovych wanted by Interpol, BBC News (12 January 2015)
  7. ^ "Азаров знаходиться у міждержавному розшуку – МВС" [Azarov is on the international wanted list - MIA]. Ukrayinska Pravda. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b Ukraine accuses Russia of breaking CIS agreements over Yanukovych extradition, Interfax-Ukraine (12 January 2015)
  9. ^ "Spanish police swoop on fugitive Ukrainian minister". The Telegraph. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Ukraine's former finance minister arrested in Spain". BBC. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.

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