Chernomyrdin, Viktor

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Chernomyrdin, Viktor Gender: M
Viktor Stepanovich Chernomyrdin
born on 9 March 1938 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Orenburg, Russian Federation, 51n54, 55e06
Timezone +05 h4e (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 17°44' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 12°31 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 23°24'

Viktor Chernomyrdin
photo: Presidential Press and Information Office, license cc-by-sa-4.0


Soviet and Russian politician and businessman who was the second-longest-serving Prime Minister of Russia (1992–1998) based on consecutive years.

His father was a labourer and Victor had five siblings. After school education he worked as a mechanic in an oil refinery in Orsk. In 1961 he became a member of the CPSU. From 1985-1989 he was the minister of gas industries, which in August 1989 was transformed into Gazprom. Boris Yeltsin appointed him (in the meantime he was chairman of Gazprom) as his Deputy Prime Minister. When Yeltsin was undergoing a heart operation on 6 November 1996, Chernomyrdin served as Acting President for 23 hours.

Chernomyrdin remained Prime Minister until his sudden dismissal on 23 March 1998. Following the 1998 Russian financial crisis in August, Yeltsin re-appointed him as Prime Minister, and attempted to groom him as his successor. However, the Duma twice refused to confirm Chernomyrdin as the head of the government. Rather than risking a third rejection and thus forcing the dissolution of the State Duma and political crisis, Chernomyrdin withdrew his nomination and the President asked the more popular Yevgeny Primakov to form a new cabinet. During the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 he was a special representative of Russia in Yugoslavia. In May 2001, Vladimir Putin appointed him as Ambassador of Russia to Ukraine. This action was interpreted by some Russian media agencies as a move to distance Chernomyrdin from the centre of Russian politics. In 2003, he dismissed talk of an apology for the Holodomor Famine made by the Soviet Union.

In Russian-speaking countries, he is known for his numerous malapropisms and syntactically incorrect speech. His idioms received the name Chernomyrdinki, and are somewhat comparable to Bushisms in style and effect. One of his expressions "We wanted it as good as possible, but it turned out as always" about the economic reforms in Russia was widely quoted.The phrase was uttered after a highly unsuccessful monetary exchange performed by the Russian Central Bank.

He died in Moscow on the morning of 3 November 2010 at age 72 after a long illness. He was buried beside his wife in Novodevichy Cemetery two days later.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Putin, Vladimir (born 7 October 1952). Notes: Putin appointed him as Ambassador of Ukraine
  • associate relationship with Yeltsin, Boris (born 1 February 1931). Notes: Yeltsin appointed him as Prime Minister


  • Work : New Job 1992 (Prime Minister)
  • Work : New Job 2001 (Ambassador of Ukraine)
  • Work : Prize 2009 (Order of Merit for the Fatherland 1st class)

Source Notes

Taeger Vol. 4, P/6 February 1996.


  • Vocation : Business : Top executive (Gazprom)
  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
  • Vocation : Politics : Government employee
  • Vocation : Politics : Heads of state (Prime Minister of Russia, 1992–1998)