On the Death of Victor Chernomyrdin

H.E. Mr. Victor Chernomyrdin, a prominent Russian statesman, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary died on 3 November 2010 after a long illness.

Mr. Chernomyrdin was born on 9 April 1938. Chernomyrdin made his career in the oil and gas industry in the Orenburg region where he managed an enterprise (1973 1978). A member of the CPSU from 1961, in the 1980s he served as deputy minister, later Minister of the Gas Industry (1985 1989) and head of Tyumen gas extraction. He was a member of the CPSU Central Committee (1986 1990) and a deputy to the USSR Supreme Soviet (1987 1989). 1992-1998 Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. 2001-2009 Russian Ambassador to the Ukraine and Special Representative of President of Russia for the development of trade and economic relations with the Ukraine. From 2009 Special Representative of President for the economic cooperation with the CIS member-states.

Viktor Chernomyrdin is a great loss for Russia.

November 4, 2010