Leonid Vasilyevich Potapov (Russian: Леони́д Васи́льевич Пота́пов) (born July 4, 1935 in Uakit, Buryatia) was the President of the Buryat Republic in Russia from August 1991 to July 2007. He was reelected three times (in 1994, 1998 and 2002); in 2002 he received 68% of the vote.
In 1959 he graduated as an Engineer from Khabarovsk Institute of Railway Transport. From January to April 1990 he was nominal Vice President (Vice Chairman of Supreme Council) of Turkmenistan. In April 1990 he returned to Buryatia and was nominated as a local communist party chief (1st secretary of CPSU Buryatian branch). In October 1991 he became Chairman of the Supreme Council.
Honours and awards
- Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
- 3rd class (7 August 2007) - for outstanding contribution to strengthening Russian statehood and many years of diligent work
- 4th class (11 May 1998) - for outstanding contribution to the socio-economic development of the republic, strengthening friendship and cooperation between nations
- Order of Friendship (26 June 1995) - for services to the state, achievements in work and significant contribution in strengthening friendship and cooperation among peoples and selfless actions in rescuing the dying
- Order of October Revolution
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour
- Order of the Badge of Honour
- Distinguished Engineer of the Buryat ASSR
- Honorary citizen of the city of Ulan-Ude
- Honorary Professor of the Buryat State University, Modern University for the Humanities, Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk State Technical University and the Plekhanov Russian Economic University
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