Yevgeny Robertovich Urlashov was born on 16 July 1967 in Yaroslavl. From 1985 until 1987 he served in a fire fighting unit of the Soviet Army.
In 1998 Urlashov graduated from the Law faculty of Yaroslavl Demidov State University with a degree in Jurisprudence. He began his career at Krasny Mayak factory in 1985. During 2008-2011 he was a member of United Russia political party.
On 3 July 2013 Urlashov was detained by police on charges of bribery extortion. On 18 July he was suspended from his post pending the conclusion of the court case. Urlashov was officially removed from office on 20 January 2017 when his twelve-and-a-half year sentence came into effect. He is expected to be released in the mid-2020s.