Yury Sukhorukov was born in 1959 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), USSR.
In 1981, he graduated from the Admiral Makarov State Maritime University, Ship Navigation Faculty. After graduation, he worked as a Deck Officer at the Baltic Shipping Company. In 2002, he got a PhD degree in Engineering.
In 1989, Yury Sukhorukov started working as a maritime trade union officer. In 2011, he was elected President of the Seafarers Union of Russia (SUR). Yury is also a member of the Maritime Board under the Government of the Russian Federation.
In addition to being the ITF Inland Navigation Chair, Yury is also a member of the ITF Executive Board and the ETF Executive Committee.