Oleg Belaventsev

Oleg Yevgenyvich Belaventsev (Russian: Олег Евгеньевич Белавенцев; born 15 September 1949 in Moscow) is a Russian naval officer (Vice-admiral) and political figure.

Oleg Belaventsev
Олег Белавенцев
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Plenipotentiary of the North Caucasian Federal District
In office
28 July 2016 – 26 June 2018
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded bySergey Melikov
Succeeded byAlexander Matovnikov
Plenipotentiary of the Crimean Federal District
In office
21 March 2014 – 28 July 2016
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Personal details
Born (1949-09-15) 15 September 1949 (age 71)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
Political partyIndependent
Alma materSevastopol Naval School
ProfessionMilitary officer, diplomat
Military service
Allegiance Soviet Union (1971-1991)
 Russia (1991-present)
Branch/serviceNaval Ensign of the Soviet Union (1950–1991).svg Soviet Navy
 Russian Navy
Years of service1971–present
RankVice admiral


Belaventsev served as an officer in the Russian Navy, rising to the rank of vice-admiral. He was the third Secretary for Science and Technology at the Soviet embassy in London. On 24 April 1985 Belaventsev was among six Soviet diplomats deported from the United Kingdom on suspicion of spying.[1][2] Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belaventsev became deputy director of Rosvooruzhenie, Russia's primary arms trading agency.[1]

From 2001 to 2012, Belaventsev was director of EMERCOM, a Russian state agency that manages the humanitarian efforts of the Ministry of Emergency Situations. He served under Minister of Emergency Situations Sergey Shoygu. During his tenure, Belaventsev founded private companies that were awarded ministry contracts to implement international humanitarian projects. According to the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Belaventsev's companies received hundreds of millions in state contracts from the government agencies where he was employed.[1] Belaventsev owns a 60% stake in Zarubezhtehcomproekt (ZTPP); others with 10% stakes include current EMERCOM director Alexander Mordovskiy, EMERCOM accountant Tamara Mikhailova, and Sergey Ivanov, who was Belaventsev first deputy at EMERCOM.[1]

In 2012, Belaventsev followed Shoygu to Moscow, where he led the General Affairs Department of the Moscow Region Governor and Moscow Region Government. After Shoygu was named Minister of Defense, Belaventsev became general director of Slavyanka, among the largest ministry-controlled companies. Crimean officials reported that Shoygu advised Vladimir Putin to appoint Belaventsev as his envoy to Crimea.[1]

On 21 March 2014, Belaventsev was appointed Presidential envoy (Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in a Federal District) of the newly created Crimean Federal District.[3] His appointment coincided with the formation of the new federal district.[4] Belaventsev is considered politically close to the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.[5] He was soon added to the lists of people sanctioned by the European Union and United States for the Russian invasion of Crimea.[6][7]

On 28 July 2016, the Crimean Federal District was abolished and merged into the Southern Federal District in order to "improve the governance". On the same day, Belaventsev was appointed the presidential envoy in North Caucasian Federal District.[8] On 26 June 2018, he was replaced by Alexander Matovnikov.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e Anin, Roman; Shmagun, Olesya; Vasic, Jelena (4 November 2015). "Ex-Spy Turned Humanitarian Helps Himself". Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.
  2. ^ Luhn, Alec (28 April 2014). "Who are the Russians on US sanctions list?". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Путин назначил полпредом президента РФ в Крымском федеральном округе Олега Белавенцева, Itar-Tass, March 21, 2014.
  4. ^ Regulation of the President of the Russian Federation of March 21, 2014
  5. ^ Главой "Славянки" назначен Олег Белавенцев, человек из команды министра обороны Сергея Шойгу, DP.ru, December 21, 2012.
  6. ^ Baker, Peter; Landler, Mark (28 April 2014). "U.S. Announces More Sanctions Against Russia". New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2014.
  7. ^ "EU targets politicians, military chiefs in sanctions on Russia". Reuters. 29 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Putin integrates Crimea into Russia's southern federal district". Russian News Agency TASS. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Игорь Холманских уволен с поста полпреда президента в Уральском федеральном округе" (in Russian). Meduza. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2018.