Alexander Alexandrovich Volkov (politician)

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Alexander Volkov
Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Во́лков
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1st President of the Udmurt Republic [1]
In office
3 November 2000 19 February 2014
Preceded by Post Established
Succeeded by Aleksandr Solovyov
Personal details
Born(1951-12-25)25 December 1951
Bryansk, RSFSR, USSR
Died 20 May 2017(2017-05-20) (aged 65)
Nationality Russian
Political party United Russia
Spouse(s) Nina Alexandrovna Volkova
Children 2
Profession Politician

Alexander Alexandrovich Volkov (Udmurt and Russian : Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Во́лков; 25 December 1951 in Bryansk – 20 May 2017) was the President of the Udmurt Republic. As President, Volkov was the highest official in the Udmurt Republic, the head of the republic's highest executive body, and leader of its two million citizens. Volkov took office November 3, 2000, for a five-year term after the first presidential elections in the Udmurt Republic took place on October 15, 2000. Prior to the elections, Volkov was the speaker of the Udmurtia Republican Legislature.

Udmurt is a Uralic language, part of the Permic subgroup, spoken by the Udmurt natives of the Russian constituent republic of Udmurtia, where it is co-official with Russian. It is written using a Cyrillic alphabet, including five characters not used in the Russian alphabet: Ӝ/ӝ, Ӟ/ӟ, Ӥ/ӥ, Ӧ/ӧ, and Ӵ/ӵ. Together with Komi and Komi-Permyak languages, it constitutes the Permic grouping. Among outsiders, it has traditionally been referred to by its Russian exonym, Votyak. Udmurt has borrowed vocabulary from the neighboring languages Tatar and Russian.

Russian language East Slavic language

Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, nearly three decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.

Bryansk City in Bryansk Oblast, Russia

Bryansk is a city and the administrative center of Bryansk Oblast, Russia, located 379 kilometers (235 mi) southwest of Moscow. Population: 415,721 (2010 Census); 431,526 (2002 Census); 452,160 (1989 Census).


Personal life

Born into a worker’s large family, Alexander Volkov graduated from a technical school and then worked as a foreman, chief engineer, and head of a construction department while studying at the Polytechnic Institute.

Volkov was an experienced and flexible regional politician whose 2000 election as President of the Udmurt Republic was "not exactly a birthday present for the Kremlin," according to political consultant Igor Mintoussov. [2]

The danger of terrorism was the main concern of many among Volkov's constituents, especially for the 600,000 residents of Izhevsk, where Volkov occupied a palace and where Russia's oldest armaments factory is located, about 1,300 km east of Moscow. Surrounding rural regions are relatively impoverished and were said to turn to Volkov and the Udmurtia Legislature for support.

Izhevsk City in Udmurtia, Russia

Izhevsk is the capital city of the Udmurtia, Russia, located along the Izh River in the Western Ural Mountains. Its population is 629,455, up from 627,734 recorded in the 2010 Census, making it the nineteenth largest city in Russia and the largest in the republic.

Moscow Capital city of Russia

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits, 17 million within the urban area and 20 million within the metropolitan area. Moscow is one of Russia's federal cities.

Along with Udmurt technical experts, Volkov negotiated with Gazprom, Russia's largest natural gas extractor, in collaborative efforts to develop the region’s gas supply system and establishing a centralized gas distribution company.

Gazprom Russian oil and gas company

Public Joint Stock Company Gazprom is a large Russian company founded in 1989, which carries on the business of extraction, production, transport, and sale of natural gas. The company is majority owned by the Government of Russia, via the Federal Agency for State Property Management and Rosneftegaz. The remaining shares are listed on public stock markets of Moscow, London and Frankfurt. The Gazprom name is a portmanteau of the Russian words Gazovaya Promyshlennost. Gazprom is in the process of moving from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, where it is constructing Europe's tallest building for its new headquarters. Gazprom is the world`s largest oil producer, with producing oil through the largest natural gas field in the world, the Shtokman field.

In President Volkov's most recent State of the Union address, he expressed appreciation that religious and interconfessional relations were stable last year, noting reconstruction began last year on the Saint Mikhail Cathedral, and that "this event is extremely outstanding." Volkov also stressed, "The growth of investment into economics of the Republic was and is the main task of the Government."

St. Michaels Cathedral (Izhevsk) cathedral

Saint Michael's Cathedral in Izhevsk rivals the older Alexander Nevsky Cathedral as the main Orthodox church of Udmurtia in Russia.

Volkov died on 20 May 2017 in Germany, where he was being treated at a clinic. [3]

Public image

There was a long-running conflict between Volkov and Zolotoya Provintsiya since his tenure as the parliamentary speaker of Udmurtia. Volkov was named 'Man of the Year' in a contest initially billed as 'Sex Symbol of the Year'. The next day, the publication hit the newsstands with a collage featuring the body of Michelangelo’s David fitted with Volkov’s head. Volkov found the image insulting and initiated a challenge that made its way to the Republican Constitutional Court. Zolotaya Provintsiya was charged with pornography, libel and invasion of privacy.

Honours and awards

Personal life

Volkov was married to Nina Volkova and has two children. Volkov is also the grandfather of four children. His son, Andrey, is a notable alumni from the Izhevsk State Technical University, and his daughter, Vera is an attorney. His hobbies were football, fishing, skiing, tennis, and spending some time helping out in the garden. Volkov was notably a very experienced musician, as he can play the accordion. When on holiday, Volkov usually went to Bryansk to meet his family. Volkov was fluent in Russian and can speak some English.

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  1. "Archived item". Archived from the original on 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  2. "Archived item". Archived from the original on 2005-01-01. Retrieved 2005-06-02.
  3. "Умер первый президент Удмуртии Александр Волков". Удмуртия (in Russian). 20 May 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Position Created
President of Udmurt Republic
Succeeded by
Aleksandr Solovyov