Alexander Valentinovich Novak (Russian: Александр Валентинович Нóвак; born 23 August 1971 in Avdiivka, Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR), is a Russian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia since 2020.
Minister of Energy of Russia (2012-2020).
Life and career
In 1993, he graduated from Norilsk Industrial Institute as a specialist on Economy and Management in Metallurgy. Between 1993–1997 he was Head of the Financial Bureau of the Accounting Department of the Norilsk Mining and Smelting Complex. In 1997 to 1999 he headed the tax planning department of the complex.
From 2000 to 2002, he was Norilsk Deputy Mayor for economics and finance, Norilsk's first Deputy Mayor. Between 2002 and 2007, he was head of the Main Finance Management of the Krasnoyarsk Krai Administration, Deputy Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Krai and Head of the Main Finance Authority of the Krasnoyarsk Krai.
From September 2008 to May 2012, he was Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation. In May 2012, he was appointed as the Energy Minister in Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet. On 15 January 2020, he resigned as part of the cabinet, after President Vladimir Putin delivered the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly, in which he proposed several amendments to the constitution. On 21 January 2020, he maintained his position in Mikhail Mishustin's Cabinet.
Since July 2010, he has been a member of United Aircraft Corporation Board of Directors.
On August 18, 2020, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that Novak tested positive for COVID-19.
Awards and honours
In 2004 he was distinguished by the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Krai. In 2006 he was rewarded with the medal “For Distinguished Service in Organizing the All-Russia Agricultural Census 2006” of the Russian Federal Statistics Service.