Khandorin Gennady Fathername


Genndy Handorin was born on 15 September 1932 in Tomsk.

In 1956 he graduated from the physicotechnical department at Tomsk Polytechnic Institute. He is a doctor of technical sciences and a full professor.

In 1956-1980, he worked his way up from an engineer to the director of the Siberian Chemical Combine (SCC)

In 1980-1985, he worked as deputy chief engineer ofor the Main Directorate of the USSR Ministry of Medium Machine Building.

In 1985-1990, he was the director-general of Tomsk petrochemical plant.

In 1990-2000, he was the director-general of FSUE  Siberian Chemical Combine in Seversk city, Tomsk region.

In 1993-1994, he was a member of the Council on industrial policy under the RF Government.

In 2000-2002, he chaired the Supervisory Board of  Konversbank in Moscow.

In 2004 he became an advisor to the director-general of FSUE  Siberian Chemical Combine.

Handorin is married for the second to Tatyana Kazakova. He has two sons: Vladimir, born 1964, who is a historian, a PhD and lives in Moscow; and Sergei, born in 1974, who graduated from the physicotechnical Department at Tomsk Polytechnic University.


Order of Red Banner of Labor (1961, 1974).

Medal  For Valiant Labor (1970).

Order of Honor (1995).

Winner of the RF State Prize (1997).

 Man of the Year according to American Biographic Institute (1998).

Order of Merits for the Fatherland  4th Grade (1999).


Winner of the National Prize of the Peter the Great (1999).

The title of  The best director of state enterprises in Russia (1999).

Medal of Honor (2000).

Sources: Tomsk Wiki



In 1990-1992, as director of the Siberian chemical plant, Gennady Handorin gave immediate orders to stop the three reactors. The rationale behind this was a top-down plan for disarmament. The reactors worked out weapons fissile materials. However, apart from this, they produced heat and electricity for household needs. Later Handorin safely forgot about this episode from his biography when advocating the introduction of the peaceful atom to Tomsk region.

Source: Tomsk wiki, Handorin

On 6 April 1993, an accident occurred at the radiochemical plant, Siberian Chemical Combine:
Several localities were covered with a radioactive cloud, including Georgiyevka and Naumovka
villages. Although, according to the plant administration, no harm was done to the environment, as well as to the health of the locals, the villagers applied to the court. In 1995, Georgievka residents filed a lawsuit against the plant and in 2001 they won a case with the help of Konstantin Lebedev, a lawyer working for an environmental and legal centre.  15 years after the accident, when interviewed by Arguments and Facts newspaper, Handorin pretended that he found nothing terrible in what had happened.

Sources: FederalPress, 08 April 2008, AIF, Tomsk, 30 April 2008

Gennady Handorin has always been famous for his ability to get support from the people above. Instead, he gave them devotion and good controllability.
When in 1999 he lost a narrow margin in the elections to the State Duma of Tomsk region to Yegor Ligachev, the local cult communist , then Tomsk governor Viktor Kress was very displeased with the result. Kress' puppet Vladimir Zhidkikh, the senator representing Tomsk region, even refused to talk about cooperation with Ligachev.

Source: IA Regnum, 24 September 2003

In 2001,  after the resignation of Yevgeny Adamov, the former Atomic Energy Minister, a planned integration of MDM Bank with Konversbank industrial bank fell through. The Ministry tried to cancel an additional issue started for the integration, which would allow MDM  to get about 40% of Konversbank's shares, in addition to those already bought up as a blocking stake. In support of private shareholders' claims,  writs of execution were obtained that blocked the general meeting of  shareholders. As a result, the powers of Konversbank's supervisory board were suspended, while a new board could not be elected.
Since Handorin was at that time the chairman of the supervisory board, he was holding all the strings. Despite the injunction, board members held a majority vote survey, which resulted in sending a letter to the Central Bank as a request to recognize the issue as failed one and not to record its results. The real reasons for the incomprehensible actions become clear after the online  publication ( of decoded tapped telephone conversations between Handorin and other
members of the supervisory board. It became clear with no doubt that the order to ''get rid of fucking Melnichenko'' was given by President Vladimir Putin personally in order to make the bank nationalization process easier. The board members were supposed to get the text of their letter from ''Alfa-Bank guys''.  Nevertheless, Melnichenko did not stop the additional issue and  MDM Bank became a shareholder of Konversbank. And Handorin was forced to resign as chairman of the supervisory board on the very next day after compromising materials had been published.

Source: Vedomosti, 31 July 2001

In 2008 in the Tomsk region a scandal broke out around the decision on the construction of Seversk NPP. The strategic importance of new generating capacity for the region seemed certain.  The region could provide only half of domestic energy consumption at its own expense, while the new nuclear plant would solve this problem much easier than building a thermal power plants. Nevertheless, 73% of the region's population voted against the construction for fear of being the second Chernobyl. Gennady Handorin supported the regional administration. He said ''This is a great chance for Tomsk region to be among the important regions RF''. However, he forgot to mention the scandalous peaceful atom episodes in his life.

Source: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 7 July 2008

On the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, 26 April 2011, Tomsk Echo of Moscow  radio station arranged an on-air meeting between Gennady Handorin and environmentalist Alexei Toropov. Their conversation quickly turned into a series of mutual recriminations between Greenpeace and power industry. Handorin, even admitting the danger of nuclear power, insisted that it was the  industrial future. He put a real emotional pressure on his opponent by showering him with the slogans of the great future of peace atom. And once again he forgot to mention some episodes of his biography  related to a man-made disaster.

Source: website of the Siberian Ecological Agency, 5 September 2011