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President of Alaska
Президент Аляски
Prezident Alyaski

Timeline: Russian America

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President of Alaska

Ivan Kasich

Since: September 29, 2015

Style Mr. President
Residence Baranov's Castle
Appointer Electoral College
Term length Six years, non-renewable
First holder Mikhail Luchkovich
Formation September 29, 1931

The President of Alaska (Russian: Президент Аляски, Prezident Alyaski) serves as the head of state and head of government of the Alaskan Democratic Federative Republic, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Alaskan Armed Forces. The office was established in 1931 and was modeled after the presidency of the United States. A total of 15 people have served as president since its creation.


Alaska remains one of the few nations which selects their leader through an electoral college. These electors are allocated to each governorate based on the total number of seats they possess in the General Congress (giving a total of 515 electors, with 258 needed to win the presidency). Electors are selected via a FPTP vote in each governorate. Unlike in the United States (where the winner is usually given all of a state's electoral votes), the majority of Alaska's governorates have adopted methods which give out electoral votes more proportionally.

Those elected to the presidency are only allowed to serve for a single, six-year term of office (being constitutionally barred from holding the office again). This practice is commonly called the Shestiletny (шестилетний) and was inspired by the Sexenio of Mexico.


The official residence of the President of Alaska is Baranov's Castle (Russian: Замок Баранова, Zamok Baranova) in New Archangel. The two-story building was constructed in 1836 and was originally the headquarters of the Russian-American Company. The building was colloquially named after Aleksandr Baranov, who was the first Governor of Russian America and a key colonial figure. The use of the word castle was in reference to its prominence within New Archangel (despite technically being a mansion).

Baranov's Castle in 1893

The building was partially destroyed in a fire in 1898. It wouldn't be until the 1920s that major renovations and modernization would take place. The mansion became the permanent residence of Nicholas the Younger during his rule, further cementing the building's prominence as an executive mansion. In Alaskan politics, the term Castle (Замок, Zamok) has become a metonymy to refer to the presidency.

List of Presidents

      Movement for Peace and Freedom (DMS)
      Constitutional Republican Party – "The Evergreens" (VZ)

      Constitutional Democratic Party (defunct)
      Radical Republican Party (defunct)
      Socialist Revolutionary Party (defunct)

President Took Office Left Office
1 Michael Luchkovich - 1930 (16661079827).jpg Mikhail Yefremovich Luchkovich
Михаил Ефремович Лучкович
April 25, 1931 June 10, 1937
2 Andrew S. Shandro.jpg Andrey Stepanovich Shandro
Андрей Степанович Шандро
June 10, 1937 January 13, 1942
3 9781552381373 fc CROPPED.jpg Anton Grigoryevich Glinka
Антон Григорьевич Глинка
January 13, 1942 June 10, 1943
4 Bachynsky nv.jpg Nikolay Vladimirovich Bachinsky
Николай Владимирович Бачинский
June 10, 1943 June 10, 1949
5 Picture.aspx.jpg Ivan Mikhaylovich Gnatyshin
Иван Михайлович Гнатышин
June 10, 1949 June 10, 1955
6 Earl Warren Portrait, half figure, seated, facing front, as Governor.jpg Ilya Matveyevich Voronin
Илья Матвеевич Воронин
June 10, 1955 June 10, 1961
7 Kardash wa3.jpg Vasily Daniilovich Kardashev
Василий Даниилович Кардашёв
June 10, 1961 June 10, 1967
8 Michael-starr (CROPPED).jpg Mikhail Ivanovich Starov
Михаил Иванович Старов
June 10, 1967 June 11, 1973
9 Portrait of Edmund Muskie, looking up.jpg Ignat Stepanovich Moskovsky
Игнат Степанович Московский
June 11, 1973 June 11, 1979
10 Jay Kerttula 1977.jpg Yuly Martynovich Kerttula
Юлий Мартынович Керттула
June 11, 1979 June 10, 1985
11 83956989.jpg Mikhail Panayotisovich Dukakis
Михаил Панайотисович Дукакис
June 10, 1985 June 10, 1991
12 Hnatyshyn.jpg Roman Ivanovich Gnatyshin
Роман Иванович Гнатышин
June 10, 1991 June 10, 1997
13 Royromanow.jpg Roman Mikhaylovich Romanov
Роман Михайлович Романов
June 10, 1997 June 10, 2003
14 38230 ImageHighRes.jpg Foma Sevastyanovich Dashl
Фома Севастьянович Дашл
June 10, 2003 June 10, 2009
15 Russ Feingold Official Portrait 3.jpg Ruslan Lvovich Fayngold
Руслан Львович Файнгольд
June 10, 2009 June 10, 2015
16 Governor John Kasich.jpg Ivan Ivanovich Kasich
Иван Иванович Касич
June 10, 2015 Incumbent

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