Juri Ionowitsch Morosow

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Yuri Ionovich Morozov(Russian Юрий Ионович Морозов, viss. Transliteration Yuri Ionovič Morozov; born 5 August 1949 in Sterlitamak, Bashkir ASSR) is a Russian industrial manager and South Ossetian politician. He served as Prime Minister of the internationally unrecognized Republic of South Ossetia from July 2005 to August 2008.


Morozov was the financial director of the Russian Kurskaya crude oil company in Kursk before being nominated for prime minister by the President of the Republic of South Ossetia Eduard Kokoity and elected by the regional parliament in Tskhinvali on 4 July 2005. Morozov reportedly first visited South Ossetia in 2005. Kokoity stated that he chose Morozov because he was not involved in regional corruption. But the current South Ossetian leadership is also accused of corruption and links to organized crime in Russia[1].

Morozov sees attracting Russian investors as his main task and is striving to bring South and North Ossetia closer together economically and politically. His first visit abroad took him to the North Ossetian capital Vladikavkaz in August 2005.

The Georgian government, to which the autonomous region of South Ossetia is subject under international law, has criticized Morozov’s election as “Russia’s complete control” over South Ossetia.

In the aftermath of the 2008 Caucasian War, President Kokoity dismissed Morozov’s cabinet in August 2008.

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  1. 1], Interview with political scientist Prof. Dr. Eberhard Schneider (University of Siegen) in epoch.times-online