Alexander Voloshin

Alexander Voloshin

Alexander Voloshin, left, with Vladimir Putin.
Chief of the Presidential Administration of Russia
In office
19 March 1999  30 October 2003
Personal details
Born (1956-03-03) March 3, 1956
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Alma mater Moscow State University of Railway Engineering, All-Russian Academy of Foreign Trade

Alexander Staliyevich Voloshin (Russian: Александр Стальевич Волóшин) (born 3 March 1956) is a Russian politician who briefly was chairman of the board of directors of RAO UES, the former Russian state power utility, which was liquidated as part of the country's comprehensive power sector reforms on 1 July 2008.

In 1997, he was appointed as an assistant to the chief of the Russian presidential administration under Boris Yeltsin. He then went on to serve as a deputy chief from September 1998 to March 1999 and the Chief of Presidential Administration from 19 March to 31 December 1999.

Voloshin retained his position after Vladimir Putin became acting president on 31 December 1999 and was reappointed as the Chief of the Administration after Putin's inauguration as president in May. Voloshin quickly became a core member of Putin's team and was especially praised for his intellect and his ability to "devour work".[1] According to Tatyana Dyachenko, "At work he is like some complex well-maintained machine that does not know tiredness. I sometimes don't know how he can stand it."[2]

Voloshin resigned on 29 October 2003. While Chief of Staff, Voloshin was widely regarded as pro-business, and his resignation amidst the prosecutorial focus on Yukos Oil Company, was seen as part of a broader turn away from free-market systems.[3]

Alexander Voloshin has been a non-executive director of Yandex since August 2010 after serving as an advisor to the company for two years.

Since February 2012, Alexander Voloshin serves chairman of the board and independent director at JSC Freight One.

Voloshin also served as chairman of the board of directors of Uralkali from 2010 to 2014.

Voloshin served as chairman of the board of MMC Norilsk Nickel from 2008 to 2010 and as chairman of the board of directors of RAO "UES of Russia" from 1999 to 2008.


  1. Richard Sakwa: Putin: Russia's Choice. 2nd Edition. pp. 72–74
  2. Richard Sakwa: Putin: Russia's Choice. 2nd Edition. p. 340
  3. "Key Kremlin figure 'quits'". BBC News. 29 October 2003.
Preceded by
Nikolai Bordyuzha
Chief of the Russian presidential administration
19 March 1999, – 30 October 2003
Succeeded by
Dmitry Medvedev
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