Aleksey Gennadyevich Dyumin (Russian: Алексей Геннадьевич Дюмин; born 28 August 1972) is a Russian politician serving as Governor of Tula Oblast since 2016. Previously, he served as the chief security guard and assistant of Russian president Vladimir Putin before being promoted to lead the Russian military's Special Operations Forces, where he oversaw the annexation of Crimea in 2014. The following year, he became Deputy Minister of Defense.[1] He holds the rank of lieutenant general and was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation.[2]

Aleksey Dyumin
Алексей Дюмин
Official portrait, 2018
Aide to the President of Russia
Assumed office
14 May 2024
PresidentVladimir Putin
5th Governor of Tula Oblast
Assumed office
22 September 2016
Acting: 2 February 2016 – 22 September 2016
Preceded byVladimir Gruzdev
Deputy Minister of Defense
In office
24 December 2015 – 2 February 2016
MinisterSergey Shoygu
Succeeded byTimur Ivanov
Personal details
Born (1972-08-28) 28 August 1972 (age 51)
Kursk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyUnited Russia
SpouseOlga Dyumina
Alma materVoronezh Higher Military Engineering School of Radio Electronics
Professionmilitary officer, politician

Military service
Branch/service Special Operations Forces
 Russian Ground Forces
Years of service1994–2016
RankLieutenant General
Battles/warsCrimean crisis

Early life and education edit

Aleksey Dyumin was born August 28, 1972, in Kursk.

His father, Gennady Vasilyevich Dyumin, is a military medic and general, who heads the 4th Department of the Main Military Medical Department of the Ministry of Defence. As a child, Dyumin's family lived in both Kaluga and Voronezh as a result of his father's military transferrals.

His mother worked as a teacher.

His younger brother, Artyom, is a businessman who heads JSC TPK "Prodmarket" as well as LLC "Turbo."

In 1994, he graduated from Voronezh Higher Military Engineering School of Radio Electronics. The school was a part of the Moscow Military District, which was engaged in countering enemy reconnaissance efforts.[3]

Career edit

In 1995, he served in the Russian Federal Security Service, followed by the Federal Protective Service. In 2007, Dyumin became head of security of Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov.

In 2012, Dyumin became the deputy head of the Presidential Security Service.

In 2014 Dyumin became the deputy chief of the GRU, Russian special operations forces, which has played a key role in the Russian annexation of Crimea. According to the newspaper "Kommersant", Dyumin orchestrated the evacuation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on February 23, 2014.[4] Dyumin personally declined to comment on it and called all speculation as "myths".[5]

Since 2015, Dyumin has served as Chief of Staff of the Russian Ground Forces and First Deputy Commander of the Russian Ground Forces.

On December 11, 2015, Dyumin was promoted to Lieutenant General.[6]

On December 24, 2015, by decree of President Vladimir Putin, Dyumin was appointed Deputy of Defense Minister of Russia Sergey Shoygu.[7]

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and Aleksey Dyumin

According to Dyumin, he once saved Putin from a bear attack.[8]

Governor of Tula Oblast (2016–present) edit

Election edit

Dyumin meeting with President Putin and then-Governor Gruzdev

On February 2, 2016, President Vladimir Putin appointed Dyumin as Acting Governor of Tula Oblast. He succeeded Vladimir Gruzdev, who left the post at his own request. Dyumin assumed the duties of Governor of Tula Oblast on February 4, 2016.[9] For Dyumin, the appointment was a surprise.[10]

On February 9, 2016, Dyumin announced plans to participate in the gubernatorial election, which was held on September 18, 2016. He decided to run for governor as an independent candidate, but he was supported by United Russia and the far-right Liberal Democratic Party. Tula Oblast was the only region in 2016 where United Russia did not hold a primary for the selection of a candidate for governor.[11]

Dyumin won the election with a reported 84.17% of the vote.[12]

Dyumin took office as governor on 22 September 2016.[13]

Governorship edit

On 29 November 2017, at the III Congress of Railway Workers, Dyumin announced the planned construction of a high–speed railway between Moscow and Tula as part of the high–speed railway "South" (Moscow — Rostov on DonAdler). Since 2017, according to Dyumin, preparatory work has been launched with the participation of Russian Railways, the President and the Prime Minister. Upon completion of the high speed rail link, the time required to cover the 194 km distance between Moscow and Tula will decrease from the current two hours to only 55 minutes.[14]

In 2018, Dyumin was listed as the sixth most-powerful governor in Russia.[15] Following the Wagner rebellion, Russian media began discussing the possibility of Dyumin replacing controversial defense minister Sergei Shoigu, one of the targets of the uprising.[16]

Personal life edit

Family edit

Dyumin is married, wife Olga was born on 8 January 1977 in Moscow. He has a son, Nikita, who is studying at school.[17]


In April 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on him and 23 other Russian nationals.[18][19] Dyumin was also sanctioned by the British government in 2023 following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[20]

Hobbies edit

Dyumin has been interested in hockey since early school years and played as a goalkeeper on the school team. As an adviser included in the management of the hockey club SKA Saint Petersburg.

In October 2011, together with Roman Rotenberg and Gennady Timchenko, he participated in a charity friendly hockey match for the SKA Legends team.[21]

On 7 October 2015, Dyumin participated in the Night Hockey League match, which took place in Sochi and was dedicated to the birthday of Russian President Vladimir Putin.[22][23]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ A look at some of the Russian officials hit by US sanctions
  2. ^ Khristova, Karina (December 24, 2015). "Новым заместителем министра обороны назначен Герой России Алексей Дюмин" (in Russian). Komsomolskaya Pravda. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Алексей Дюмин рассказал "Ъ", как он дошел до Тулы
  4. ^ «Ъ»: новый глава Тульской области руководил эвакуацией Януковича с Украины
  5. ^ ""В конце концов, жизнь не раз круто менялась" Алексей Дюмин рассказал "Ъ", как он дошел до Тулы". 13 November 2015.
  6. ^ Decree of the President of Russia
  7. ^ Russian Defense Minister, Army General Sergei Shoigu held a regular meeting of the Board of the War Department
  8. ^ "Новый тульский губернатор Дюмин рассказал, как спас Путина от медведя" (in Russian). Moskovskij Komsomolets. February 9, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Алексей Дюмин вступает в должность и.о. губернатора Тульской области
  10. ^ "В конце концов, жизнь не раз круто менялась"
  11. ^ Алексей Дюмин самовыдвинется на выборы главы Тульской области. 25.04.2016
  12. ^ "Алексей Дюмин избран губернатором Тульской области" (in Russian). Kommersant. September 19, 2016.
  13. ^ Алексей Дюмин официально вступил в должность губернатора Тульской области
  14. ^ Игорь Ленский (2017-12-14). "Тула набирает скорость". Гудок. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  15. ^ "АЛЕКСЕЙ ДЮМИН ВОШЕЛ В ЧИСЛО САМЫХ ВЛИЯТЕЛЬНЫХ ГЛАВ СУБЪЕКТОВ РФ". Archived from the original on 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  16. ^ "Russian media start discussing possible candidate to replace Russian Defence Minister".
  17. ^ "Ольга Дюмина: "Я готова во всем помогать мужу"". MYSLOНОВОСТИ. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  18. ^ "Ukraine-/Russia-related Designations and Identification Update". United States Department of the Treasury. 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  19. ^ "США ввели санкции против семи российских олигархов и 17 чиновников из "кремлевского списка"" [The US imposed sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs and 17 officials from the "Kremlin list"]. Meduza (in Russian). 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  21. ^ "ХК Торпедо Нижний Новгород, 19.10.2011". Archived from the original on 2016-02-04. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  22. ^ "Президент России В. Путин принимает участие в хоккейном матче чемпионов НХЛ и Правления и почётных гостей НХЛ". Archived from the original on 2016-02-15. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  23. ^ Путин забросил семь шайб в составе команды «Звёзд НХЛ»