Dmitry Kozak
Dmitry Nikolayevich Kozak (born 7 November 1958 in Kirovohrad
Kirovohrad , formerly Yelisavetgrad, is a city in central Ukraine. It is located on the Inhul River. It is a motorway junction. Pop. 239,400 ....

, Ukrainian SSR
Ukrainian SSR
The Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic or in short, the Ukrainian SSR was a sovereign Soviet Socialist state and one of the fifteen constituent republics of the Soviet Union lasting from its inception in 1922 to the breakup in 1991...

), is a Russian politician, serving since October 2008 as deputy Prime minister of the Russian Federation.

He was previously regional development minister in the Russian cabinet headed by Viktor Zubkov and in 2004-2007 he served as presidential plenipotentiary representative in the Southern Federal District (North Caucasus
North Caucasus
The North Caucasus is the northern part of the Caucasus region between the Black and Caspian Seas and within European Russia. The term is also used as a synonym for the North Caucasus economic region of Russia....

 and Southern European Russia).

Dmitry Kozak is known as a close ally of former president and current prime minister Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Putin
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin served as the second President of the Russian Federation and is the current Prime Minister of Russia, as well as chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus. He became acting President on 31 December 1999, when...

, having worked with him in the St Petersburg city administration during the 1990s and later becoming one of the key figures in Putin's presidential team.

During the 2004 Russian presidential election
Russian presidential election, 2004
Presidential elections were held in Russia on 14 March 2004. Incumbent Vladimir Putin was seeking a second full four-year term. He was re-elected with 71.31% of the vote.-Sergey Glazyev:...

 he was head of Putin’s election campaign team. Kozak was one of several members of Putin's circle touted in the media as a possible candidate to succeed Putin as president in 2008.

Kozak is married and has two sons.

Early life and career

Dmitry Kozak was born on 7 November 1958 in the village of Bondurovo in the Kirovohrad
Kirovohrad Oblast
Kirovohrad Oblast is an oblast of Ukraine. The administrative center of the oblast is the city of Kirovohrad.-Geography:The area of the province is , its population is 1.1 million....

 region of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.

Kozak graduated from Leningrad State University (now St Petersburg State University) in 1985 with a degree in law.
From 1985-1989 he worked in the Leningrad prosecutor's office as a prosecutor and senior prosecutor. He moved into the business sector in 1989, working as head of the legal department at Monolit-Kirovstroy construction company and chief legal consultant for the Association of Trade Ports.

Political career

He worked as a public prosecutor in Leningrad and after the collapse of the Soviet Union held various offices in the city’s administration, mostly in a legal department. In 1998 he became deputy governor of Saint-Petersburg.

In 1999, together with other officials from this city, he entered Putin’s government. He held the post of chief of staff from 1999 to 2000. Dmitry Kozak became deputy head of the presidential administration and remained in this position under various titles until 2004. In 2003 he briefly entered international politics and unsuccessfully attempted to solve the conflict between Transnistria
Transnistria is a breakaway territory located mostly on a strip of land between the Dniester River and the eastern Moldovan border to Ukraine...

 and Moldova
Moldova , officially the Republic of Moldova is a landlocked state in Eastern Europe, located between Romania to the West and Ukraine to the North, East and South. It declared itself an independent state with the same boundaries as the preceding Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1991, as part...

 (see Kozak memorandum
Kozak memorandum
The Kozak Memorandum, officially Russian Draft Memorandum on the Basic Principles of the State Structure of a United State in Moldova, was a 2003 proposal aimed at a final settlement of relations between Moldova and Transnistria...


In September 2004 Kozak was appointed presidential plentipotenitary envoy to the Southern Federal District
Southern Federal District
Southern Federal District is one of the eight federal districts of Russia. Its territory lies mostly on the Pontic-Caspian steppe. Its population was 13,856,700 according to the 2010 Census, living on an area of...

, replacing Vladimir Yakovlev
Vladimir Anatolyevich Yakovlev
Vladimir Anatolyevich Yakovlev is a Russian politician, currently retired.In 1996–2003, he was the Governor of Saint Petersburg. In 2003-2004, prior to the Beslan school hostage crisis, he was Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Southern Federal District...

. On September 24, 2007 he was appointed to the new Russian cabinet headed by Viktor Zubkov as regional development minister, succeeding Vladimir Yakovlev again, and leaving his previous position. On October 14, 2008 he became deputy prime minister of Russia.

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