Aman Tuleyev

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Aman Tuleyev
Аман Тулеев
Governor Aman Tuleyev.jpeg
Chairman of the Council of People’s Deputies of Kemerovo Oblast
In office
10 April 2018 – 14 September 2018
Preceded byAleksei Sinitsyn
2nd Governor of Kemerovo Oblast
In office
1 July 1997 – 1 April 2018
Preceded byMikhail Kislyuk
Succeeded bySergey Tsivilyov
Personal details
Amangeldy Gumirovich Tuleyev

(1944-05-13) 13 May 1944 (age 76)
Krasnovodsk, Turkmen SSR, Soviet Union
(now Türkmenbaşy, Turkmenistan)

Amangeldy Gumirovich "Aman" Tuleyev (Russian: Амангельды (Аман) Гумирович Тулеев, Kazakh: Амангелді Молдағазыұлы Төлеев, Amangeldi Moldaǵazıulı Tóleev; born 13 May 1944), is a Russian statesman. He served as governor of Kemerovo Oblast from 1997 to 2018 and became the chairman of the Council of People's Deputies of the Kemerovo oblast since April 2018.[1]

He ran for President of Russia in 1991, 1996 (withdrawing during the campaign) and 2000, coming fourth in both 1991 and 2000.

Career in the Soviet Union[edit]

Tuleyev was born to a Kazakh father and a half-Tatar half-Bashkir mother in Krasnovodsk, Turkmen SSR, USSR.

Early at his career Tuleyev worked as a railway engineer. In 1964, he graduated from Tikhoretsky Railway Technical College with distinction. He then moved to Siberia, to be a railway clerk at the small railway settlement of Mundybash in the Kemerovo area, where he became stationmaster in 1969. In 1973, he graduated from the Novosibirsk Institute of Engineers as a railway engineer specialized in communication. From 1973 to 1978 he was railway station chief in the town of Mezhdurechensk. From 1978 to 1985 he worked at Novokuznetsk Railway Station, first as an assistant, and then as the chief of the Novokuznetsk branch of the Kemerovo Railway. In 1985, Tuleyev was appointed head of the Department of Transport and Communication in Kemerovo and in 1989 he became head of the Kemerovo Railway System.

In 1990, he switched to politics and was elected to the Parliament of the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (RSFSR) from Kuzbas. In March 1990, Tuleyev was elected chairman of the Kemerovo Regional Soviet.

Political career in Russia[edit]

Through most of the 1990s, he was a prominent politician of the Communist Party of Russian Federation. In August 1991, he supported the GKChP coup attempt. In January 1992, Tuleyev offered his resignation from the post of chairman of the Kemerovo Oblast Regional Council in protest against the policies of Yegor Gaidar, but the deputies voted to refuse his resignation.

In October 1993, Tuleyev took the side of the Parliament against Boris Yeltsin. After the events of that month, the Kemerovo regional Soviet of People's Deputies was disbanded, like many other regional branches of government in Siberia and elsewhere in Russia. Tuleyev however, decided to remain active in politics, and for this purpose, he created a new political movement in the Kuzbas, called "People's power. Tuleyev Block." In 1993 Tuleyev got the majority of the votes in Kuzbas and was elected to the new Russian Parliament. A year later, he was voted Chairman of the Council of People's Deputies of Kemerovo.

From August 1996 to June 1997 he was a Russian minister responsible for relations with the CIS in Viktor Chernomyrdin's Second Cabinet. In this capacity, he proposed plans for a union between Russia and Belarus.

In July 1999, it was rumoured that he had accepted baptism in the Russian Orthodox Church. Although he denied being religious at all and claimed that an earlier visit to Mecca was not a pilgrimage, the Islamic Shura of Chechnya, under Sharia law, condemned him to death for apostasy.[2]

In March 2000 as a candidate he took part in the Russian presidential elections. In 2000, he was expelled from the nationalist-communist umbrella organization called Popular-Patriotic Union.

In 2000, Viktor Tikhonov, the brother of the former Olympic champion in biathlon, and former governor candidate of Moscow Oblast, Alexander Tikhonov, was charged with plotting Tuleyev's assassination and sentenced to 4 years in prison. The person who is claimed to have ordered the assassination, Mikhail Zhivilo (who has since received political asylum in France), had had a business dispute with a Tuleyev ally. In the same year, Tuleyev received his doctorate.

In December 2003, he led the electoral list of United Russia in Kuzbass. In November 2005, he formally joined the United Russia, one of the last regional governors to do so. The same year, Vladimir Putin extended Tuleyev's term as governor to 2010. In 2015, Tuleyev was re-elected.

Tuleyev was criticised for creating a near-to-authoritarian regime in Kemerovo Oblast.[3]

Tuleyev resigned from his position as governor after a devastating mall fire in Kemerovo.[4] Previously it was thought that he would resign due to health problems in May 2018, following his 74th birthday.[5]

In April 2018, Tuleyev became the chairman of the Council of People's Deputies (legislative assembly) of Kemerovo oblast.[1]

Presidential campaigns[edit]

1991 presidential campaign[edit]

Tuleyev was a presidential candidate in the 1991 Russian presidential election. His running mate was Viktor Bocharov. At the time of his 1991 campaign, Tuleyev was regarded as a somewhat popular reformist.[6] He was viewed as a left-wing populist.[7]

Tuleyev aimed to siphon voters away from Boris Yeltsin in Eastern Russia.[8] He particularly hoped to garner votes from miners, a demographic which had developed significant qualms with some of Yeltsin's recent actions in granting concessions to Gorbachev over the issue of Russia's natural resources.[8] Yeltsin's campaign attempted to combat Tuleyev's efforts to court miners by accusing him of being a candidate of the Communist Party's machine masquerading as a "favorite son" of miners.[8] Tuleyev also appealed to non ethnically-Russian voters.[9]

As a candidate Tuleyev championed local autonomy, incremental economic reform and social defence.[8]

Tuleyev placed fourth in the election, receiving 5,417,464 votes (7% of the overall vote). He carried a 42% plurality of the Kemerovo Oblast's vote.[10] However, his lead there was narrow enough that early returns had shown Yeltsin leading him there.[6]

1996 presidential campaign[edit]

Tuleyev ran for president again in the 1996 election. However, he ultimately dropped out before the day of the election.

During his 1996 campaign, Tuleyev styled himself as a "muslim communist".[11] However, despite being Muslim, Tuleyev failed to receive backing from major Muslim organizations. Islamic Cultural Center and the Union of Muslims of Russia backed Yeltsin and Yur backed Yavlinsky[11]

Considered to be charismatic, energetic, and well as well-liked by the Communist Party's base. He turned-in his signatures the day before the deadline. He was considered to be a fallback communist candidate, in case Gennady Zyuganov's candidacy faltered.[12][13] Rather than campaigning to persuade voters to support himself, he instead was largely campaigning to dissuade voters from supporting Yeltsin and urged voters to support the so-called "popular patriotic bloc".[13]

Tuleyev's rhetoric straddled between hard-line communism and social-democracy. Generally a hard-liner, he had nonetheless occasionally taken moderate stances, such as seeking tax cuts. Tuleyev accused Yeltsin of making populist pledges that would lead to inflation. Tuleyev was opposed to renationalizing enterprises already sold to private owners, and argued the issue is "not how to divide the pie, but how to make the pie bigger." Tuleyev's positions centered upon communism and adisciplined (uncorrupt) government.[12]

Tuleyev dropped out of the race on 8 June and endorsed Zyuganov.[14]

Despite the fact that Tuleyev dropped out of the race before the election, he had already been on the ballot during a portion of the early voting period.

2000 presidential campaign[edit]

Tuleyev ran for president again in the 2000 election.

In 2000 Tuleyev was opposed to his fellow-Communist Zyuganov (who was running again), and thus was not acting as a "backup candidate" like he had in the previous election.[15] In fact, it was speculated that Putin's camp had convinced Tuleyev to run for the purpose of siphoning support away from Zyuganov.[16] Tuleyev, in an appearance on NTV, essentially stopped short of endorsing Putin.[16] Tuleyev served as an attack dog, directly criticizing Zyuganov and the Communist Party.[13][16]

His campaign platform focused on radically shifting the balance of power between the federal government and Russia's regional governments.[17] This entailed a proposal to reduce the number of subjects from 89 to a mere 35, and for the chief executives of the subjects to be appointed rather than elected.[15]

His campaign ran ads touting his successes as governor of Kemerovo.[13]

His support was believed to be between one and two percent of the electorate.[13] Tuleyev was seen as unlikely to (even optimistically) garner more than 5% of the vote.[15]

He ultimately placed fourth, receiving 2,217,361 votes (3% of the overall vote). He carried a plurality of the Kemerovo Oblast's vote.

Private life[edit]

His mother, Munira Fayzovna Vlasova (maiden name Nasyrova) died in 2001, while his father, Moldagazy Kaldybaevich Tuleyev, died in World War II, before Aman was born. Young Aman was brought up by his ethnic Russian stepfather, Innokenty Ivanovich Vlasov. Tuleyev is married to Elvira Fedorovna Tuleyeva, an ethnic Russian. They have two sons: Dmitry, who lives in Novosibirsk, and currently works as a Manager of the Federal Highways, and Andrey (died in a car accident in 1998); grandchildren - Andrey (1999) and Stanislav, Tatiana (2005).

Electoral history[edit]


  1. ^ a b Аман Тулеев стал спикером облсовета Кемеровской области [Aman Tuleyev became the speaker of the regional council of Kemerovo oblast]. Kommersant (in Russian). 10 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ [1] "Theologians from Chechnya and Dagestan, a neighbouring mainly Muslim region of Russia, called at an assembly in Grozny for Tuleyev's death, Interfax said. They urged all Muslims to carry out the sentence at the first possible opportunity."
  3. ^ Тулеев - кузбасский диктатор (in Russian)
  4. ^ "Long-serving Kemerovo governor resigns after mall fire tragedy". RT International. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  5. ^ Тулеев в видеообращении объяснил причины своей отставки
  6. ^ a b Rahr, Alexander (14 June 1991). "YELTSIN OFFICIALLY WINS, INVITED TO US". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. ^ Kara-Murza, Vladimir (16 June 2011). "Russia's First Presidential Election, Twenty Years On". World Affairs Journal. Archived from the original on 30 September 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d Urban, Michael E. (1992). "Boris El'tsin, Democratic Russia and the Campaign for the Russian Presidency". Soviet Studies. 44 (2): 187–207. doi:10.1080/09668139208412008. JSTOR 152022.
  9. ^ McFaul, Michael; Petrov, Nikolai (1999). Anders Aslund; Martha Brill Olcott (eds.). Russia After Communist. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. p. 35. ISBN 978-0870031519.
  10. ^ Moses, Joel C. (1992). "Soviet Provincial Politics in an Era of Transition and Revolution 1989-91". Soviet Studies. 44 (6): 479–509. doi:10.1080/09668139208412026. JSTOR 152427.
  11. ^ a b Witte, John; Bourdeaux, Michael. Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia: The New War for Souls. p. 127.
  12. ^ a b "Russian Election Watch, April 18, 1996". 18 April 1996. Archived from the original on 5 December 2000. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e Belin, Laura (3 March 2000). "ELECTION VETERAN TULEEV BURNS BRIDGES WITH COMMUNISTS". Archived from the original on 15 February 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Russian Presidential Elections". CCSU. 1996. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  15. ^ a b c "RUSSIAN ELECTION WATCH No. 8, March 2000". Harvard University (John F. Kennedy School of Government). March 2000. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  16. ^ a b c "RUSSIAN ELECTION WATCH No. 9, April 2000". Harvard University (John F. Kennedy School of Government). April 2000. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Russia: The Presidential Election and Future Prospects" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2016.

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