Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, representative of the executive body of state power of the Jewish Autonomous Region. Position before election (appointment): Head of the Main Directorate for Ensuring the Protection of Public Order of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.
Public support for Russian military aggression against Ukraine. Yuri Valyaev is included in the report "1500 warmongers" compiled by the Free Russia Forum. The report contains the names of Russian public figures, military commanders, members of the parliament, propagandists, artists and athletes who have publicly spoken out in support of Putin's aggression or are directly involved in it. The Free Russia Forum is seeking sanctions against them in the European Union.