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The Russian polician Dmitry Nikolayevich Kozak (Russian: Дми́трий Никола́евич Коза́к, IPA: [ˈdmʲitrʲɪj nʲɪkɐˈlajɪvʲɪtɕ kɐˈzak], Ukrainian: Дмитро Миколайович Козак; born 7 November 1958) has served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia since 2008.

Dmitry Kozak
Дмитрий Козак
Dmitry Kozak official portrait.png
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
Assumed office
14 October 2008
Minister of Regional Development
In office
24 September 2007 – 14 October 2008
Preceded byVladimir Yakovlev
Succeeded byViktor Basargin [ru]
Personal details
Born (1958-11-07) 7 November 1958 (age 60)
Bandurovo, Kirovohrad Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political partyUnited Russia

Known as the Cheshire Cat (Russian: Чеширский кот) because of his smile, Kozak is part of the Vlast' (Russian: Власть) or power group from St. Petersburg close to Putin.[1][2][3][4][5]

He served previously as the Regional Development Minister in the Russian cabinet headed by Viktor Zubkov from 2007 to 2008. From 2004 to 2007 he served as Presidential Plenipotentiary Representative in the Southern Federal District (North Caucasus and Southern European Russia).[6]

Dmitry Kozak is a close ally of Vladimir Putin, having worked with him in the St Petersburg city administration during the 1990s and later becoming one of the key figures in Putin's presidential team. During the 2004 Russian presidential election he worked as the head of Putin's election campaign team.[7] Kozak was one of several members of Putin's circle touted in the media[which?] as a possible candidate to succeed Putin as president in 2008.[8]

Kozak is married and has two sons. As of 2016 he lives in Moscow in the same building as Sergei Ivanov, Victor Ivanov, and German Gref.[2]


Early life and careerEdit

Dmitry Kozak was born on 7 November 1958 in the village of Bandurovo, in the Kirovohrad region of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (part of the USSR).[9]

From 1976 to 1978, Kozak worked in the Soviet military's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU).[10]

Kozak graduated from Leningrad State University (now St. Petersburg State University) in 1985 with a degree in law. From 1985 to 1989, he worked in the Leningrad prosecutor's office as a Prosecutor and Senior Prosecutor. He moved into the business sector in 1989, working as head of the legal department at Monolit-Kirovstroy construction company and chief legal consultant for the Association of Trade Ports.[11]

Political careerEdit

Kozak worked as a public prosecutor in Leningrad and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, holding various legal offices in the city’s administration. In 1998 he became Deputy Governor of Saint Petersburg.

In 1999, along with other St. Petersburg city officials, he joined the government of Vladimir Putin. He was Chief of Staff from 1999 to 2000. Dmitry Kozak became deputy head of the presidential administration and remained in this position under various titles until 2004. In 2003 he briefly entered international politics and unsuccessfully attempted to solve the conflict between Transnistria and Moldova (see Kozak memorandum).

In September 2004, Kozak was appointed Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Southern Federal District, replacing Vladimir Yakovlev. On 24 September 2007, he was appointed to the new Russian cabinet headed by Viktor Zubkov as regional development minister, succeeding Vladimir Yakovlev again, and leaving his previous position. On 14 October 2008, he became deputy prime minister of Russia.

According to Stanislav Belkovsky, Kozak is not well liked by Putin's entourage, but Vladimir Putin does like Kozak, apparently wanting to appoint Kozak as prime minister in 2004 and tapping Kozak as the successor to Putin as president in 2008, however, Dmitry Medvedev won the presidential race. Alexei Makarkin of the Center for Political Technologies said that Putin trusts Kozak as one of his men.[10]

Dmitry Kozak was the main overseer for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.[12]

Following Russia's intervention into Crimea, Kozak was appointed to greatly strengthen Crimea's social, political, and economic ties to Russia.[10][13]


On 28 April 2014, following the Crimean status referendum, the U.S. Treasury put Kozak on the Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN), a list of individuals sanctioned as “members of the Russian leadership’s inner circle.”[14][15][16] The sanctions freeze any assets he holds in the US[15] and ban him from entering the United States.[17][18][19]

On 29 April 2014, Kozak was added to the European Union sanctions list due to his role in the 2014 Crimean crisis.[20][21] He is barred from entering the EU countries, and his assets in the EU are frozen.[22]

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ Работнова, Виктория владимировна (10 November 2003). "В ПИТЕРЕ ЕГО СРАВНИВАЛИ С ЧЕШИРСКИМ КОТОМ: Казалось, улыбка Дмитрия Козака оставалась висеть в воздухе даже после того, как ее хозяин уже попрощался и убежал". Novaya Gazeta (in Russian). Moscow. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Козак Дмитрий Николаевич" (in Russian). Перебежчик.ру. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  3. ^ Илья, Булавинов. "Колода РФ. "Питерские" (трефы)" (in Russian). Компромат.Ru. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  4. ^ Булавинов, Илья (12 January 2003). "Колода Российской Федерации". Kommersant (in Russian). Moscow. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  5. ^ ""Вертикаль власти" становится тверже: Путин и Козак будут выявлять неугодных губернаторов, составляя рейтинг" (in Russian). Moscow: NEWSru. 11 April 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Putin announces new Russian government line-up". Reuters. 24 September 2007. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Putin ally takes charge of 2014 Olympics preparations". Russia Today. 14 October 2008. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
  8. ^ Compare: "Russia's Medvedev: Expect surprises in Kremlin race". Reuters. 30 September 2007. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2009. Putin's close ally Dmitry Kozak, recently promoted to the post of regional development minister, will not run, Russian media reported on Sunday.
  9. ^ "Biography of Dmitry Kozak". Kommersant (in Russian). Moscow. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2009.
  10. ^ a b c Sukhov, Oleg (28 March 2014). "From Olympics to Crimea, Putin Loyalist Kozak Entrusted with Kremlin Mega-Projects". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ Дмитрий Козак. Биография [Biography of Dmitry Kozak] (in Russian). RIA Novosti. 24 September 2007. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012.
  12. ^ Kuzmin, Vladimir (24 May 2012). "Назначенцы-2012" [Appointees 2012]. Rossiyskaya Gazeta (in Russian). The Kremlin in Moscow. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  13. ^ Dawisha, Karen (2014). Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?. Simon & Schuster. pp. 87, 377. ISBN 978-1-4767-9519-5.
  14. ^ "Specially Designated Nationals List (SDN)". United States Department of the Treasury.
  15. ^ a b "Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities". US Treasury. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  16. ^ Rupar, Terri (28 April 2014). "U.S. announces new sanctions on Russians: Who's on the list". The Washington Post. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  17. ^ President of The United States (10 March 2014). "Ukraine EO13660" (PDF). Federal Register. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  18. ^ President of The United States (19 March 2016). "Ukraine EO13661" (PDF). Federal Register. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  19. ^ "Ukraine and Russia Sanctions". United States State Department. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Factbox: EU targets politicians, military chiefs in sanctions on Russia". Reuters. 29 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Council Implementing Decision 2014/238/CFSP of 28 April 2014 implementing Decision 2014/145/CFSP concerning restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine (EUR-Lex - 32014D0238 - EN)". EUR-Lex. 29 April 2014.
  22. ^ "Ukraine crisis: Russia and sanctions". BBC. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  23. ^ Награждённые государственными наградами Российской Федерации. (in Russian). 24 March 2014. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  24. ^ "The Paralympic Order". Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 1 October 2017.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Vladimir Yakovlev
Presidential Envoy to the Southern Federal District
13 September 2004 - 24 September 2007
Succeeded by
Grigory Rapota