Aleksei Chaly

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Aleksei Mikhailovich Chaly (Russian: Алексей Михайлович Чалый; born 13 June 1961) is a businessman and formerly de facto mayor of Sevastopol. He declared himself mayor in February 2014, amidst the Crimean crisis, after the resignation of Volodymyr Yatsuba, the Viktor Yanukovych-appointed mayor.[2] With Chaly as mayor, Sevastopol participated in the March 2014 referendum in which Crimea voted to separate itself politically from Ukraine and accede to Russia. On 1 April 2014 he was appointed as Governor of Sevastopol City by Russia. On 14 April, he was replaced by Sergey Menyaylo.[3]

Aleksei Chaly
Алексей Михайлович Чалый
Alexey Chaly (cropped).jpeg
Governor of Sevastopol
In office
23 February 2014 – 14 April 2014
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded bySergey Menyaylo
Personal details
Born (1961-06-13) 13 June 1961 (age 58)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
NationalityRussia Russian
Political partyIndependent
Alma materSevastopol National Technical University
ProfessionCEO and CTO


Chaly was born on 13 June 1961 in Moscow. Parents: inventor and scientist Michail Chaly, mother Alevtina Chalaya, Candidate of Engineering, university professor. Grandson to Soviet vice-admiral Vasily Chaly, hero of the Great Patriotic War, Commander-In-Chief of the Black Sea Squadron (1956–1961). Chaly graduated from the Sevastopol technical institute. Since 1987 he has been the head of "Tavrida Electric", producing switchgear and anti-wreck technology. At the moment of political crisis in Ukraine in 2014 he had Russian citizenship.

He was involved with restoration of the memorials of the World War II, producing the documentary series "Sevastopol Tales". In 2011 he received the international award "For faith and fidelity" as a symbol of recognition of his contribution to the Motherland.[citation needed]

During the Crimean crisisEdit

On 23 February 2014, a meeting of citizens opposed to the Euromaidan movement that ousted the Ukrainian government from power in Kiev led to Chaly being proclaimed as "mayor" of Sevastopol. The Sevastopol City Council handed power to Chaly on 24 February, following the resignation of Volodymyr Yatsuba as the city administrator appointed by the President of Ukraine (at the time the city had no elected mayor).[2][4]

On 26 February, Chaly declared that Sevastopol would not submit to orders of the acting leader of the Ukrainian home office, Arsen Avakov. Simultaneously, he invited officers of the officially disbanded Berkut riot police unit to the city. He said that they can become a basis for future defence groups in the city.

Chaly visited the Kremlin in Moscow on 18 March 2014 to sign the Treaty on Accession of the Republic of Crimea to Russia together with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov.[5]

The Security Service of Ukraine has announced an investigation into Chaly for allegedly steering some 23.9 million hryvnia from his charitable organisation to bankroll anti-Ukraine activity.[6]

On 1 April 2014 he was appointed as acting Governor of Sevastopol City by Russia and occupied this position till 14 April 2014, when he resigned and was replaced by Sergey Menyaylo.[7]


  1. ^ Юлия Гутова (2014). Серьезный разговор с Алексеем Чалым и другими людьми, которые сохранили русский Севастополь (in Russian). Русский репортёр.
  2. ^ a b "Ukraine: Sevastopol installs pro-Russian mayor as separatism fears grow". The Guardian. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  3. ^ Владимир Путин подписал указ о назначении временно исполняющих обязанности главы Республики Крым и Севастополя (in Russian). Echo of Moscow. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  4. ^ Contemporary Ukraine: Dynamics of Post-Soviet Transformation by Taras Kuzio, M.E. Sharpe, 1998, ISBN 978-0-7656-0224-4 (page 44)
  5. ^ Ukraine crisis: Putin signs Russia-Crimea treaty, BBC, 18 March 2014
  6. ^ Launched investigation concerning the "people's mayor" of Sevastopol – SBU. UNIAN. 18 March 2014
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian) Putin ignored the "People's Mayor" Sevastopol and appoint to the post a Russian Admiral, Espreso TV (14 April 2014)

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