Syarhey Rumas

Syarhey Mikalayevich Rumas (Belarusian: Сяргей Мікалаевіч Румас, Russian: Сергей Николаевич Румас/Sergey Nikolayevich Rumas; born 1 December 1969) is a Belarusian politician and economist who served as the Prime Minister of Belarus from 18 August 2018 to 3 June 2020.[1]

Syarhey Rumas
Сяргей Мікалаевіч Румас
Syarhey Rumas (2018-09-21).jpg
9th Prime Minister of Belarus
In office
18 August 2018 – 3 June 2020
PresidentAlexander Lukashenko
Preceded byAndrei Kobyakov
Succeeded byRoman Golovchenko
Personal details
Syarhey Mikalayevich Rumas

(1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 50)
Gomel, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materMilitary Finance and Economics Institute
Academy of Public Administration


Rumas was born in Gomel, but in early 1970s his family moved to Minsk. He graduated from the Higher Military Financial School in Yaroslavl (1990) and the Academy of Public Administration in Minsk (1995).[2][3] In the early 1990s, Rumas successively served in the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus as a chief of several departments and in private banks. In 1995, he became a regional director of Belarusbank and later became the first deputy chairman of the board of this bank.[3] In 2001, Rumas was awarded a Candidate of Sciences degree in economics, his thesis was entitled "Ways of optimization of resource structure of commercial bank".[4] In 2005, he headed Belagroprombank, another big state-owned bank in Belarus.[5]

In 2010, he was made a vice-premier in the new government led by his old acquaintance Mikhail Myasnikovich. During the financial crisis of 2011, Rumas supervised the creation of a program of structural reforms, which was criticized by the president Alexander Lukashenko and his adviser Sergey Tkachyov. Rumas advocated privatization, foreign investments, and abolition of preferential loans for state-owned companies[6][7][5] In 2012, Alexander Lukashenko appointed him a head of Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus.[3]

Rumas was appointed Prime Minister by Alexander Lukashenko on August 18, 2018.[8] The decree had a clause on the subsequent approval of Rumas's appointment in the House of Representatives, but the Constitution prescribes an opposite procedure. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, his predecessor Andrey Kobyakov was appointed in the same way.[9][10][11]

Rumas also heads the Football Federation of Belarus and the Organising Committee of the 2019 European Games in Minsk.[3][12]

On 3 June 2020, President Alexander Lukashenko dismissed the Rumas government.[13]

On 16 August 2020, an Instagram account belonging to Rumas issued a message of support to anti-Lukashenko protesters and asked for those responsible for abuse against protesters to be held to account. [14][15] Rumas's wife also published a photograph of herself and Rumas on the roof of a building overlooking the protests, together with a message of support.[16]


  1. ^ "Кто такой Сергей Румас, которого Лукашенко назначил 18 августа премьер-министром" (in Russian). Intex-Press. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ Кто вы, господин Румас?
  3. ^ a b c d Сергей Румас
  4. ^ Пути оптимизации структуры ресурсов коммерческого банка: Автореф. дис. на соиск. учен. степ. канд. экон. наук: 08.00.10 / Румас Сергей Николаевич
  5. ^ a b Кто такой Сергей Румас? Банкир, либерал, футбольный болельщик, охотник, многодетный отец
  6. ^ Сергей Румас больше не вице-премьер Беларуси
  7. ^ Кто придет на место Румаса?
  8. ^ Президент сменил правительство. Новым премьер-министром назначен Сергей Румас
  9. ^ Прэм’ера Румаса прызначылі, не спытаўшы згоды дэпутатаў. Гэта законна?
  10. ^ Прэм’ера Румаса прызначылі, не спытаўшы згоды дэпутатаў. Гэта законна?
  11. ^ CONSTITUTION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS OF 1994 (with changes and additions adopted at the republican referenda of November 24, 1996* and of October 17, 2004): Article 106 "...The Prime Minister shall be appointed by the President of the Republic of Belarus with the consent of the House of Representatives. The decision on this issue shall be taken by the House of Representatives within two weeks from the day of submitting a proposal on the candidacy of Prime Minister"
  12. ^ "Minsk European Games stay on budget". Belarus News. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Лукашенко отправил в отставку правительство Белоруссии". ТАСС. 3 June 2020. Retrieved 4 June 2020.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Andrei Kobyakov
Prime Minister of Belarus
Succeeded by
Roman Golovchenko