Monday, February 6, 2012

Mykola Azarov

Mykola Yanovych Azarov (Ukrainian: Микола Янович Азаров, Mykola Yanovych Azarov); born Nikolai Yanovich Pakhlo (Russian: Николай Янович Пахло) on 17 December 1947, is a Ukrainian politician who has been the Prime Minister of Ukraine since 11 March 2010. He was the First Vice Prime Minister and Finance Minister from 2002 to 2005 and again from 2006 to 2007, and he also served as acting Prime Minister for two short periods in late 2004 and early 2005. Following the victory of Viktor Yanukovych in the 2010 presidential election, Azarov succeeded Yanukovych as leader of the Party of Regions, and he was appointed as Prime Minister in March 2010.

Early Life and Career
Azarov was born in Kaluga in the Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, to Estonian Yan Robertovich Pakhlo and Yekaterina Kvasnikova as Nikolay Pakhlo. When he married his wife, Lyudmila Azarova, he took her name.

Azarov attended the Moscow State University where he earned his doctorate in geology and mineralogy in 1971. He worked at the Tulaugol coal enterprise until 1976. Dr. Azarov moved to Donetsk on a permanent basis in 1984 to become deputy director of the Ukrainian State Geological Institute, that he went on to head. In 1984–1995 he was a deputy director and director of Ukraine's State Research and Design Institute of Mining Geology and Geomechanics.

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