Viktor Khristenko
Viktor Borisovich Khristenko is the current Russian Minister of Industry (since 9 March 2004) and former First Deputy Prime Minister.

Personal life

Khristenko was born in Chelyabinsk
Chelyabinsk is a city and the administrative center of Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located in the northwestern side of the oblast, south of Yekaterinburg, just to the east of the Ural Mountains, on the Miass River. Population: -History:...

. His second wife Tatyana Golikova has been the Minister of Health and Social Development since September 2007. They married in 2003.


Kristenko graduated in 1979 from Chelyabinsk Mechanical Engineering Institute with a specialization in construction management and Economics.
In 1983, he completed his Ph.D. at the Moscow Institute of Management.

Political career

Khristenko was the briefly acting Prime Minister of Russia
Prime Minister of Russia
The Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation The use of the term "Prime Minister" is strictly informal and is not allowed for by the Russian Constitution and other laws....

 from 24 February to 5 March 2004. Russian President 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...

 fired Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov
Mikhail Kasyanov
Mikhail Mikhailovich Kasyanov - was the Prime Minister of Russia from May 2000 to February 2004.He is the leader of the People's Democratic Union and an ex-member of the opposition coalition "The Other Russia".-Political career:...

 on February 24, 2004.

At the time, The Washington Post
The Washington Post
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called Kasyanov "the most powerful ally of big business remaining in the Russian government." Khristenko, 46 at the time, was promoted from Deputy Prime Minister to acting Prime Minister. Putin commented that Kasyanov's ousting was not related to the results of the government's activities, which he characterized as positive, but rather was caused by a necessity to once again confirm his position, which would guide the development of the country after 14 March 2004.

However, on 1 March 2004 Putin nominated Mikhail Fradkov
Mikhail Fradkov
Mikhail Yefimovich Fradkov is a Russian politician and statesman who was the Prime Minister of Russia from March 2004 to September 2007. Fradkov has been the head of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service since 2007.-Early life:...

 to become the next prime minister. Fradkov was confirmed by the Duma
A Duma is any of various representative assemblies in modern Russia and Russian history. The State Duma in the Russian Empire and Russian Federation corresponds to the lower house of the parliament. Simply it is a form of Russian governmental institution, that was formed during the reign of the...

 four days later.

Honours and awards

  • Order of Merit for the Fatherland
    Order of Merit for the Fatherland
    The Order of Merit for the Fatherland was instituted on 2 March 1994 by Presidential Decree. The statutes describe it as a decoration for merit, not an order of knights....

    • 3rd class (3 October 2007) - for his great personal contribution to the economic policy of the state and many years of fruitful activity
    • 4th class (28 August 2006) - for his great personal contribution to the development of technical and economic cooperation between the states
  • Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
    Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
    The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic was founded as the senior order of knighthood by the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi in 1951...

  • Order Dostyk, 2nd class (Kazakhstan, 2002)
  • Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation
  • Diploma of the Russian Federation Government
  • Order of the Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow, 1st class (Russian Orthodox Church, 2010)
  • Order of Friendship, 2nd class (Kazakhstan, 2002)

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