Prime Minister of South Ossetia

The Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia is the de facto head of government of the partially recognized Republic of South Ossetia that is de jure part of Georgia. This is a list of the de facto prime ministers of the Republic of South Ossetia.

Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia
Coat of arms of South Ossetia
Erik Pukhayev

since 16 May 2017
AppointerAnatoliy Bibilov,
as President of South Ossetia
Inaugural holderOleg Teziev
Formation28 November 1991

List of Prime Ministers of the de facto Republic of South Ossetia (1991–present)

Tenure Political Affiliation
Took Office Left Office
1 Oleg Teziev
28 November 1991 October 1993 Independent
2 Gerasim Khugayev
October 1993 May 1994 Independent
3 Feliks Zassiev May 1994 1995 Independent
4 Vladislav Gabarayev
1995 24 September 1996 Independent
Valery Hubulov
Acting Prime Minister
25 September 1996 2 December 1996 Independent
5 Aleksandr Shavlokhov
2 December 1996 August 1998 Independent
6 Merab Chigoev
August 1998 6 June 2001 Independent
7 Dmitry Sanakoyev
14 June 2001 December 2001 Independent
8 Gerasim Khugayev
December 2001 August 2003 Unity Party
9 Igor Sanakoyev
17 September 2003 May 2005 Unity Party
Zurab Kokoyev
Acting Prime Minister
May 2005 5 July 2005 Unity Party
10 Yury Morozov
5 July 2005 17 August 2008 Unity Party
Boris Chochiev
Acting Prime Minister
17 August 2008 22 October 2008 Unity Party
11 Aslanbek Bulatsev
22 October 2008 3 August 2009 Unity Party
12 Vadim Brovtsev
5 August 2009 26 April 2012 Unity Party
13 Rostislav Khugayev
26 April 2012
Acting Prime Minister
until 15 May 2012
20 January 2014 Independent
14 Domenty Kulumbegov
20 January 2014
Acting Prime Minister
until 2 April 2014
16 May 2017 Independent
15 Erik Pukhayev
16 May 2017 Incumbent Independent


Aleksandr Shavlokhov

Aleksandr Apollonovich Shavlokhov (Russian: Александр Аполлонович Шавлохов, born in 1939 in Tskhinvali, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is a South Ossetian politician and former Prime Minister, from 1996 until August 1998.Shavlokhov was educated as a mechanical engineer in Moscow. From 1965 until 1974, he worked at the "Elektrovibromashina" factory in Tskhinvali, where he was appointed director in 1973. From 1974 until 1981, he headed the executive committee of the Tskhinvali City Council.In 1996, after Lyudvig Chibirov had been elected as South Ossetia's first president, Shavlokhov became Chibirov's prime minister. During his time as PM, foreign contacts of South Ossetia were intensified, and programs were adopted to deepen the integration of North and South Ossetia.

Aslanbek Bulatsev

Aslanbek Soltanovich Bulatsev (Russian: Асланбек Солтанович Булацев, Georgian: ასლანბეკ ბულაცევი; born in 1963 in Mikhaylovskoye, Prigorodny District, North Ossetian ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union) is an Ossetian politician and official. Bulatsev formerly worked as a tax chief in the Russian region of North Ossetia. On October 22, 2008, he was appointed Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia by the South Ossetian parliament. Bulatsev was fired, according to the official decree, on health reasons, on 4 August 2009. He was replaced by Vadim Brovtsev, the head of a Russian construction company.

Boris Chochiev

Boris Eliozovich Chochiev (Russian: Борис Елиозович Чочиев; Ossetian: Цоциты Елиозы фырт Барис; born 1 November 1957 in Styrkom, Tskhinvali district, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is a former acting Prime Minister of South Ossetia. He became Prime Minister on 18 August 2008, after South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity had dismissed the former government and proclaimed a state of emergency. On 22 October 2008, the South Ossetian parliament appointed Aslanbek Bulatsev as new Prime Minister.Before becoming Prime Minister, Chochiev served as first deputy minister, as well chief negotiator for the South Ossetian secessionist government.Chochiev was also a member of the Joint Control Commission.

Dmitry Sanakoyev

Dmitry Ivanovich Sanakoyev (born 10 May 1969 in Tskhinvali, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is a South Ossetian and Georgian politician, a former official in the secessionist government of South Ossetia and currently Head of the Provisional Administration of South Ossetia, a rival entity established in 2007 in the Georgian-controlled territories of this separatist region.

Sanakoyev was born in Tskhinvali, in what was then the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast of the Georgian SSR. He graduated from the South Ossetian Pedagogical State Institute in 1993, and served as a Soviet army officer in Lithuania from 1987 to 1989. In the 1991-1992 war between Georgian forces and secessionist militias he fought on the Ossetian side. In 1993-1996 worked in the South Ossetian de facto defence ministry. In 1996 he was appointed defence minister and in 1998 vice prime minister. In July 2001 he became prime minister of South Ossetia, serving until December 2001, when Eduard Kokoity replaced Lyudvig Chibirov as South Ossetia’s leader.

During the South Ossetian presidential elections, 2006, on November 13, in a so-called "alternative" poll organized by The Salvation Union of South Ossetia in Georgian- and Ossetian villages not controlled by the separatists, Sanakoyev was declared the president-elect, with more than 80 percent of the vote. His campaign posters were prominently posted on walls outside polling stations in Georgian-controlled villages, and benefited from extensive media coverage in the Georgian press. His election manifesto envisaged the restoration of the region's status as an autonomous republic within Georgia and a program of measures to spur economic growth.

At a press conference on November 13, 2006, Kokoity termed Sanakoyev and Karkusov, head of the alternative election commission and a former adviser to Kokoity, "traitors to their homeland and traitors to the South Ossetian people." The South Ossetian media launched a campaign to discredit and compromise Sanakoyev, accusing him of corruption, duplicity, and collaborating with Georgian intelligence.

In December 2006, Sanakoyev formed a government, choosing not to appoint a defense minister.On May 10, 2007, Sanakoyev was appointed by the President of Georgia as the Head of South Ossetian Provisional Administrative Entity. The next day Sanakoyev addressed the Parliament of Georgia in Ossetic, outlining his vision for a resolution of the conflict in South Ossetia (full text). The move earned praise from the United States State Department, but alarmed the de facto authorities in Tskhinvali, which ordered the blocking of traffic to ethnic Georgian villages and threatened to oust Sanakoyev’s government by force, moves that received the disapproval of the Russian government.On June 26, 2007, Sanakoyev delivered a speech, in his native Ossetian, at the EU-Georgian Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in Brussels, his first appeal to the international community. He emphasized that "a direct dialogue between the Georgian and Ossetian peoples, and demilitarization of the region, are of crucial importance… The European type of autonomy, like in South Tyrol, can serve as a model… in unified Georgia…. where liberal democracy is being built".On July 3, 2008, Sanakoyev survived an attack on the convoy he was traveling in when it hit a remote-controlled mine. Both Sanakoyev’s administration and Georgian police officials blamed forces loyal to Kokoity's separatist government of South Ossetia for organizing the incident, but a representative of that government denied any connection with the attack.

Domenty Kulumbegov

Domenty Sardionovich Kulumbegov (Ossetian: Хъуылымбегты Сардионы фырт Доменти, romanized: Quylymbegty Sardiony fyrt Domenti; Georgian: დომენტი სარდიონის ძე კულუმბეგოვი, tr. Domenti Sardionis dze Kulumbegovi; Russian: Доме́нти Сардио́нович Кулумбе́гов, romanized: Domentiy Sardionovich Kulumbegov, born 4 January 1956) was the Prime Minister of South Ossetia from January 20, 2014 to May 20, 2017. He was acting in that capacity until 2 April 2014.

Kulumbegov was born in Thinala in Gori district in the Georgian SSR.

Erik Pukhayev

Erik Georgiyevich Pukhayev (Russian Эрик Георгиевич Пухаев; born 5 May 1957) is the current Prime Minister of South Ossetia since 16 May 2017.

He studied at South Ossetian Pedagogical Institute from 1977 to 1982 and became Maths and Physics teacher. In 2005 he was nominated as director of Statistical Institute. From 2014 to 2017 he served as Vice-Prime Minister.He is married and has 3 children.

Gerasim Khugayev

Gerasim "Rezo" Georgievich Khugayev (Ossetian: Хуыгаты Георгийы фырт Герасим (Резо), Xwygaty Georgijy fyrt Gerasim (Rezo); Georgian: გერასიმე ხუგაევი, Gerasime Khugaevi; Russian: Герасим (Резо) Георгевич Хугаев; born on 15 November 1946 in Chasaval, Dzau district, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is an Ossetian politician a former Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia. He is the only South Ossetian Prime Minister to serve more than one time, at this date. He first served from October 1993 until May 1994 under Head of State Lyudvig Chibirov, and then again from December 2001 until August 2003, as the first Prime Minister appointed by President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity.From 1975 until 1981, Khugayev studied at the psychology department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1981, he was elected party secretary in Kvaisa. After a promotion in 1987, he became a member of the very first session of South Ossetia's parliament. He was also actively involved in the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War, where he commanded a unit. After the war, he first became deputy Prime Minister under PM Oleg Teziev and Head of State Torez Kulumbegov, and then Prime Minister.In 1996, Khugayev was deputy PM in the cabinet of Aleksandr Shavlokhov. He was also a candidate in the 1996 presidential election, the first ever held in the country. Khugayev finished 2nd, after incumbent Head of State Lyudvig Chibirov, with 23.9% of the vote.In 2001, Khugayev led the Eduard Kokoity's campaign for the 2001 presidential election. After Kokoity won, he appointed Khugayev as his first prime minister.

Igor Sanakoyev

Igor Viktorovich Sanakoyev (Ossetian: Санахъоты Викторы фырт Игор, Sanaqoty Victory fyrt Igor; Russian: Игорь Викторович Санакоев; born 20 February 1946 in Aspindza, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is an Ossetian politician a former Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia, from 18 September 2003 until 1 May 2005.Sanakoyev graduated from the Moscow Institute of Food Industry in 1984 and worked at various food processing enterprises in Tskhinvali and in North Ossetia. From 1998 until his appointment as Prime Minister, he worked at the North Ossetian branch of the Russian customs.Sanakoyev is married and has a son.

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Merab Chigoev

Merab Ilyich Chigoev (Russian: Мера́б Ильи́ч Чиго́ев; Ossetian: Цгъойты Ильяйы фырт Мераб; Georgian: მერაბ ილიას ძე ჩიგოევი; 15 February 1951 – 9 January 2016) was a Georgian South Ossetian politician and former Prime Minister, from August 1998 until June 2001. He was also Minister of Justice in Yury Morozov's cabinet.Chigoev graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1973.In the 2009 parliamentary election, Chigoev was a candidate for the Communist Party of South Ossetia. Chigoev was number 8 on the list, and as the party received enough votes for 8 seats, Chigoev was entitled to a seat in the Parliament of South Ossetia.Chigoev was killed in a traffic accident in Tskhinvali on 9 January 2016.

Rostislav Khugayev

Rostislav Erastovich Khugayev (Ossetian: Хугаты Ерасты фырт Ростик - Khuygaty Erasty fyrt Rostik, Russian: Ростислав Ерастович Хугаев, born 17 December 1951) was the Prime Minister of South Ossetia from April 26, 2012 to January 20, 2014.Khugayev was born in Mirtgadzhin in Dzau district in the South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast.

Vadim Brovtsev

Vadim Vladimirovich Brovtsev (Ossetian: Вадим Владимиры фырт Бровцев, Vadim Vladimiry fyrt Brovcev; Russian: Вадим Владимирович Бровцев, Georgian: ვადიმ ბროვცევი, Vadim Brovcevi; born 26 July 1969) is a Russian businessman who was Prime Minister of the Republic of South Ossetia from 5 August 2009 to 26 April 2012, as well as Acting President from December 11, 2011 to April 19, 2012.

Brovtsev had served in the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces. From 2005 until his appointment to a political post, Brovtsev was head of the board of directors of Russian construction company Vermikulit based in the city of Chelyabinsk.

Valeriy Hubulov

Valeriy Nikolaevich Hubulov (Russian: Валерий Николаевич Хубулов, 6 November 1966 – 31 May 1998) was a South Ossetian politician, who was minister of defense and acting prime minister in 1996. He was assassinated in 1998 while in Russia.

Hubulov was born in Tskhinvali in 1966. He was trained as a high school teacher at Tskhinvali University, specializing in physics and mathematics. He graduated in 1990. From 1984 till 1986, Hubulov served in the Soviet Army. In 1991 he was elected the First Secretary of the South Ossetian Komsomol and as a member of the Central Committee of Soviet Komsomol.

Hubulov was an active participant in the 1991–1992 South Ossetia War, leading and coordinating various resistance groups against the Georgian invasion. After the war, he participated in the signing of the Sochi agreement. He also fought in the War in Abkhazia (1992–1993), leading a South Ossetian unit fighting on the Abkhazian side, for which he was awarded the Order of Leon by president Vladislav Ardzinba.In 1993, Hubulov initiated the founding of the South Ossetian ministry of defense, of which he became the first minister. At the same time, he was also made deputy PM in the cabinet of Gerasim Khugayev.When PM Vladislav Gabarayev was fired in August 1996, Hubulov, as deputy PM, succeeded him and became acting prime minister for several months, until a replacement was found in Aleksandr Shavlokhov.Valeriy Hubulov was assassinated by unknown killers at the market place of Vladikavkaz in North Ossetia–Alania on 31 May 1998. The gunmen opened fire on his car with AK-47s. Later, police found his car blown up in the yard of a neighbouring school, but the murderers were never caught.

Yury Morozov

Yury Ionovich Morozov (Russian: Юрий Ионович Морозов, born 5 August 1949 in Sterlitamak, Bashkir ASSR, Russian SFSR, USSR) is a Russian businessman and politician, and a former Prime Minister of South Ossetia. Morozov was confirmed by the Parliament of South Ossetia on 5 July 2005. 23 Out of 24 MPs present voted in favour of his candidacy. On 18 August 2008, it was announced that Morozov and his government had been dismissed by South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity. Kokoity said he thought the government was not handling the emergency aid from Russia, which was arriving after the 2008 South Ossetia war, good enough.According to accounts of several South Ossetian military and political leaders, Morozov fled Tskhinval at onset of Georgian attack. Anatoly Bibilov, then deputy commander of North Ossetian peacekeeping battalion, claimed that already at 5 am of 8 August 2008 (6 hours after the bombardment of Tskhinval had started), Morozov was in Vladikavkaz. Boris Chochiev, then Deputy Prime Minister of South Ossetia, has also claimed that when he connected with Morozov on the phone on 8 August and asked to help organize evacuation of women and children, Morozov was in Vladikavkaz and effectively declined any responsibility, exclaiming "F## you and your children!"

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Zurab Kokoyev

Zurab Revazovich Kokoyev (Russian: Зураб Ревазович Кокоев, born 14 February 1959 in Tskhinvali, South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union) is a South Ossetian politician and currently a member of South Ossetia's parliament, where he is one of three vice-speakers, and Chairman of the Committee for construction, industry, transport and communications. He is the leader of the Unity Party, which is allied with President of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity.

Kokoyev was first deputy prime minister from October 2003 until 31 December 2005 and acting Prime Minister from May until July 2005. Before this, he was head of the administration of Tskhinvali district since 2002.Kokoyev is married and has a daughter.

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