Yury Trutnev (Юрий Петрович Трутнев) was born on March 1, 1956 in Perm to a family of oil industry workers.
In 1978 he graduated from the Perm Polytechnical Institute. During his studies Trutnev interned with the Polaznaneft and Komineft oil companies as an assistant drill-operator. Following graduation he worked as a mining engineer and as a junior researcher at the Perm Scientific Research Institute of Petroleum Industry.
From 1981 to 1986 Trutnev worked as an instructor in the Perm municipal Komsomol committee. From 1986 to 1988 he headed the committee on sports affairs within the Perm regional executive committee. In 1988 Trutnev founded the Kontakt co-operative, delivering supplies of sport equipment. In the same year he also was chief of the regional Union of co-operatives. In 1990 he created the co-operative company Eks Limited, specializing in the import and sale of food products. In 1996 Trutnev became president of Eks International, a corporate business from the Eks group.
In 1994 Trutnev was appointed deputy of the Perm municipal duma and headed the committee on economic policy and taxation. While engaged as both deputy of the legislative assembly and chief of the largest wholesale retailer in Perm, Trutnev actively championed the task in lowering tax on businessmen in the Perm region.
In December 1996 Trutnev was elected mayor of Perm. Four years later, he won the governor of Perm Region elections, replacing the outgoing Gennadiy Igumnov.
In 2001 Trutnev initiated the proposals for the unification of Perm Region and Komi-Permyak Autonomous District. In December 2003, the majority of voters in the aforementioned regions voted in favor of unification. As a result ,on December 1, 2005 the regions were unified to create the Perm Territory (Perm Krai).
In March 2004, Trutnev was appointed Minister of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation in Mikhail Fradkov's government. As part of his ministerial duties, Trutnev took part in the development of the law "O nedrakh" ("About the depths of the earth"). The minister ensured the inclusion within the law of an article regarding the prohibition of foreign companies taking part in the development of strategically important resource deposits in Russian territory and the creation of a list of such deposits specifically for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
In September 2006 Trutnev's department annulled the favorable conclusion of the state ecological examination on the activities of those companies implementing the Sakhalin-2 project. The minister himself told the Japanese ambassador in Russia that the project's operator, Sakhalin Energy, has refused cooperation with Rospripodnadzor (Federal Agency of Supervision of Nature Management of Russia). Trutnev sent the deputy head of the department Oleg Mitvol to the island to carry out a comprehensive examination of Sakhalin Energy's activities, the result of which revealed many inadequancies. Subsequently the project was terminated. The operating company in question recognized the validity of the claims coming from Rospripodnadzor and went into liquidation.
On September 12, 2007 Mikhail Fradkov's cabinet resigned and Trutnev was temporarily made Acting Minister of Natural Resources. In the same month, he retained his post as minister under newly appointed prime minister Viktor Zubkov's government.
In October 2007 Trutnev headed the regional list of candidates of the political party United Russia in the Perm Territory for the State Duma elections. Following the party's victory, Trutnev refused the deputy mandate in favor of other candidates.
On May 12, 2008 Trutnev was appointed Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation under Vladimir Putin's government.
Trutnev has been bestowed with the Order of Honor in 1998. He is a candidate for Master of Sport in tourism; he has competed in free-style wrestling, sambo and rally racing. Trutnev holds a third dan in kyokushinkai karate; in June 2005 he was elected co-chairman of the Russian Union of Martial Arts. Trutnev is also co-chairman of the Russian delegation of the intergovernmental commission on cooperation between Russia and South Africa, Guinea, Angola and Namibia.
Trutnev is married, has two sons - Dmitry and Alexander.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation, Webpage (In Russian)
Yuri Trutnev's official website (in Russian)