Valery Kokov

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Valery Kokov
Валерий Мухаммедович Коков
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1st President of Kabardino-Balkaria
In office
January 9, 1992 – September 16, 2005
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Arsen Kanokov
Personal details
Born (1941-10-18)October 18, 1941
Tyrnyauz, Kabardino-Balkar ASSR RSFSR, USSR
Died October 29, 2005(2005-10-29) (aged 64)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1969–1991)
Spouse(s) Violetta Taubievna Kokova(????–2005)
(his death)
Children 2
Religion Sunni Islam
Awards Orden for Service I.png Orden for Service III.png Order of Merit for the Fatherland
Order friendship of peoples rib.png Order of Friendship of Peoples
Order of Honour and glory bar.png Order of Honour and Glory of Abkhazia
Ethnicity Karbardian

Valery Mukhamedovich Kokov (Russian: Валерий Мухамедович Коков; October 18, 1941 – October 29, 2005) was a Russian politician of Kabardian ethnicity.

Early Life and Political Career

Kokov was born in Tyrnyauz, Kabardino-Balkaria. He was the leader of Kabardino-Balkaria from 1990 to 2005. He was chairman of the republic's supreme Soviet from 1990 to 1991 and was elected President for the first time in 1992.

He effectively neutralized opposition and was re-elected twice in landslide victories; in 1997 with 98% of the vote and in 2002 with 87% of the vote. He successfully maintained stability in the republic though it is close to the war-torn republic of Chechnya. Kokov suffered from cancer for several years before his death. On September 16, 2005, he announced his resignation.

Resignation and Death

He did not give any reason for his departure, which came nearly a year and a half before the end of his term. He stayed in office until his successor, Arsen Kanokov was chosen two weeks later. During October 2005 his health rapidly declined and he died in the central clinical hospital in Moscow of cancer, a month after leaving office. He is survived by his daughter, son and his wife.

Personal life

Kokov was married to Violetta Taubievna Kokova, and they had one daughter and one son.

Honours and awards

  • Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
    • 2nd class (9 May 2005) - for outstanding contribution strengthening Russian statehood and many years of diligent work
    • 3rd class (15 October 2001) - for outstanding contribution strengthening Russian statehood, friendship and cooperation between nations
  • Order of Friendship of Peoples (25 March 1994) - for his great personal contribution to strengthening Russian statehood and stability of international relations in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic
  • Order "Honor and Glory", 2nd class (Abkhazia, 2003)
  • Diploma of the Government of the Russian Federation (11 October 2001) - for his great personal contribution to the economy of Kabardino-Balkaria and long-term fruitful work

Kokov's name has been used:

  • Kabardino-Balkar State Agricultural Academy named VM Kokov, Nalchik
  • Streets in Volgograd, Grozny and Dygulybgey, Baksan region, Kabardino-Balkaria
Political offices
Preceded by
Position Created
President of Kabardino-Balkaria
1992–2005
Succeeded by
Arsen Kanokov