Aman Tuleev, who served as the governor of coal-rich Kemerovo Region for two decades, has died aged 79
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets then-Governor of Kemerovo Region Aman Tuleev in 2015. © Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev
Aman Tuleev, a former governor of coal-rich Kemerovo Region, has died aged 79. His passing was announced today by his gubernatorial successor, Sergey Tsivelev.
Born in Soviet Turkmenistan, Tuleev grew up in Kemerovo Region, also known as Kuzbass, where his stepfather brought the family in 1951. In the early 1990s, he simultaneously headed the legislative and executive branches of power in the region.
Tuleev’s support for an attempted coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in August 1991 made him a target for Moscow and cost him the gubernatorship. During the 1993 constitutional crisis that pitted President Boris Yeltsin against the parliament, Tuleev was on the side of the lawmakers, against whom the president deployed tanks.
In 1997, amid a threat of mass protests by the region’s miners, Yeltsin appointed Tuleev as acting governor. His mandate was confirmed the same year in the first-ever gubernatorial election, in which he won over 90% of the votes.