Ukraine's teething problems

Viktor Chernomyrdin, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine

1938 - Born in Orenburg Region, Russia
1957 - Serves in Soviet Army
1961 - Member, Communist Party of the Soviet Union
1966 - Graduates, Kuibyshev Polytechnic Institute
1972 - Graduates, School of Economics, All-Union Correspondence Polytechnic Institute
1973 - Director, natural gas refining plant, Orenburg
1978 - Staff member, Communist Party Central Committee
1982 - Deputy Minister of the USSR gas industry
1983 - Director, All-Union Association of Natural Gas Production, Tyumen Region
1985 - Minister of Soviet gas industries
1989 - CEO, Gazprom
1992 - Deputy Prime Minister in charge of fuel and energy
1992 - Russian Prime Minister
1995 - Founder, Our Home - Russia political bloc
1996 - Acting President of Russia, 5-6 November
1999 - Member, Russian State Duma
2001 - Russian Ambassador to Ukraine

Viktor Chernomyrdin is a Russian politician who was very close to Boris Yeltsin. He was a powerful figure within the Russian Government, starting with the recognition of his ability to run state owned enterprises. A former prime minister, and one time CEO of Gazprom, Chernomyrdin was a very popular figure with westerners.