|1st Governor of Jewish Autonomous Oblast|
26 October 1996 - 25 February 2010
Nikolay Mikhailovich Volkov
19 December 1951
Krasnoye, Shablykinsky District, Oryol Oblast, Soviet Union
|Political party||United Russia|
Volkov is the former governor of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Volkov is a member of Our Home Is Russia . Viktor Gozhy is the First vice-chairman of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and next in the line of succession after Volkov. In 2006, Volkov met with an American Consul General, who also met with representatives of the JAO's Jewish community and visited Birobidzhan Synagogue. The two men discussed the potential for cooperation between U.S. and JAO businessmen.
Concerning the Jewish community of the oblast and the Birobidzhan Synagogue, Volkov has stated that he intends to, "support every valuable initiative maintained by our local Jewish organizations."
In 2004, Volkov received an award for the category 'Regional Leader' during the 'Man of the Year 5764' Ceremony organized by the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS. This award served as recognition for, "his initiative in the revival of Jewish life in Birobidzhan and in arranging the Jewish Autonomous Oblast's 70th anniversary celebrations."