From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia
Vladimir Sergeyevich Shkolnik (born 17 February 1949, in Serpukhov, Russia), served as the Minister of Industry and Trade in the Government of Kazakhstan until Galym Orazbakov replaced him on 10 January 2007 in a political shakeup. He served as the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources in 2005.
While serving as the Energy Minister, Shkolnick co-chaired the 2005 Indo-Kazakh Joint Business Council meeting in Astana with Indian petroleum minister Mani Shankar Aiyar. The Times of India reported that the meeting significantly helped to warm India-Kazakhstan relations after the Government of India tried unsuccessfully to gain the right to develop petroleum in the Kurmangazy field.
Shkolnik served a second term as the minister of energy to 27 March, 2016, when Kanat Bozumbayev's term started.
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