Yuriy Smirnov (minister)

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Yuriy Oleksandrovych Smirnov
Юрій Олександрович Смирнов
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
26 March 2001 – 27 August 2003
Preceded byYuriy Kravchenko
Succeeded byMykola Bilokon
Personal details
Yuriy Aleksandrovich Smirnov

(1948-08-17) August 17, 1948 (age 71)
Buy, Kostroma Oblast, Russian SFSR
Alma materKharkov Law University
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union
Branch/serviceRed star with hammer and sickle.svg Soviet Army
Емблема МВС України.jpg Militsiya of Ukraine
Years of service1970 - 2003
RankColonel General of Militsiya
CommandsГеральдичний знак - емблема МВС України.svg Ministry of Internal Affairs
AwardsOrder of Merit, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class

Yuriy Oleksandrovich Smirnov (Ukrainian: Юрій Олександрович Смирнов) (born 17 August 1948, Buy, Kostroma Oblast, Russia) is a Ukrainian politician. Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine in 2001–2003. Colonel general of militsiya.


Born 17 August 1948 in the city of Buy, in the Kostroma Oblast of what was then the Russian SFSR.

In 1970, he graduated from the Kharkov Law University with the specialty of law enforcement.

Smirnov worked in internal services after his army service. Since 1970 he worked in the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR. Held the positions of investigator, inspector, chief of departments and directorates in the Kharkov and Lugansk Oblasts.

Since 1997 — Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs for the Southeastern Region — chief of the MVS directorate in the Dnepropetrovsk Oblast.

Since May 2000 — Minister of Internal Affairs, chief of the Main Directorate of the MVS in Kiev.

26 March 2001 he was appointed as the Minister of Internal Affairs by the decree of the President of Ukraine. In 2001—2003 he was the interior minister of Ukraine. In 2003—2005 Smirnov was an adviser of the President, deputy of the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.

Married, has two daughters.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Yuriy Kravchenko
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Mykola Bilokon