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Viktor Chernomyrdin

Russian diplomat (1938-2010)

1938   -   2010

country of citizenship: Russia, Soviet Union
language of expression: Russian
educated at: Samara State Technical University, Moscow State Open University
occupation: politician, diplomat, economist, businessperson
award received: Order of the October Revolution, Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" I class, Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" II class, Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" III class, Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" IV class, Order of the Red Banner of Labour, Order of the Badge of Honour, Order of Friendship, Medal "In Commemoration of the 1000th Anniversary of Kazan", Medal "In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow", Order of Parasat, Order of Merit (Ukraine), 3rd class, Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh 2nd class, Jubilee Medal "300 Years of the Russian Navy", Jubilee Medal "In Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin", Jubilee Medal "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945", Mkhitar Gosh Medal, Order of Merit (Ingushetia), Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 5th class, Russian Federation Presidential Certificate of Honour, Russian Federation Government Certificate of Honour, Order of St. Sergius of Radonezh, Орден «Ключ дружбы», weapon of honor
position held: Prime Minister of Russia, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation, member of the State Duma, member of the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union, ambassador of Russia, Substitute member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin (Russian: Ви́ктор Степа́нович Черномы́рдин, IPA: [ˈvʲiktər sʲtʲɪˈpanəvʲɪtɕ tɕɪrnɐˈmɨrdʲɪn]; 9 April 1938 – 3 November 2010) was a Russian politician and businessman. He was the first chairman of the Gazprom energy company and the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of Russia (1992–1998) based on consecutive years. He was a key figure in Russian politics in the 1990s, and a participant in the transition from a planned to a market economy. From 2001 to 2009, he was Russia's ambassador to Ukraine. After that he was designated as a presidential adviser.Chernomyrdin was known in Russia and Russian-speaking countries for his language style, which contained numerous malapropisms and syntactic errors. Many of his sayings became aphorisms and idioms in the Russian language, one example being his expression "We wanted the best, but it turned out like always." (Russian: Хотели как лучше, а получилось как всегда).Chernomyrdin died on 3 November 2010 after a long illness. He was buried beside his wife in Novodevichy Cemetery on 5 November, and his funeral was broadcast live on Russian federal TV channels.
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