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Bidzina Ivanishvili

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PORTRAITS
Vladislav Yuryevich Surkov
 

Surkov

  • Adviser to the Russian President
  • Degree in economics
  • Place of birth: Solntsevo
  • Date of birth: September 21, 1964

For a long time he was the strategist behind the domestic political rearrangement of Russia under Vladimir Putin. The ‘puppet master’ of the Presidential Executive Office gained a new position in the government after the protest against the election frauds in December 2011. By Stefan Bernhardt

Surkov worked in the Presidential Executive Office for twelve years. In this time he served as the head and the political puppeteer behind the foundation of the Kremlin-Party United Russia, the Kremlin youth organization Nashi, of the current party and election law, the Civic Chamber, and many other domestic political projects.

He was largely unknown in Europe and the USA despite his integral role in Russian domestic politics. Only as recently as 2006 did he cause a stir in West with his statements on the creation of a sovereign democracy in Russia.

The protest against the election fraud at the State Duma Elections 2011 appear to have fostered the recent changes in Surkov’s career. In the end of December 2011, he had to abdicate his position in the Presidential Executive Office. Surkov presently holds the position Deputy Prime Minister, among other things responsible for Priority National Projects such as housing, education and health care but also for innovation and science. It is uncertain if the new position is a punishment, a forced pause, or a promotion. The fact remains that, like Surkov, both Putin and Dmitry Medvedev held high positions in the Presidential Executive Office and the government prior to their presidential incumbencies. His new position could also be the preparation for this highest political position. But after his resignation in 2013, the political future of Surkov is uncertain. Today, he is adviser to the Russian President in the Executive Office.

Biography

  • 1983 - 1985: Served in the Soviet Army
  • 1991 - 1996: Held senior positions in advertising and public relations at the Menatep, established by Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev
  • 1996 - 1997: Deputy Head, then head of public relations at Rosprom; first deputy chairman of the board at Alfa-Bank
  • 1998 - 1999: First deputy general director, director for public relations at TV-channel ORT
  • 1999: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office
  • 1999 - 2008: Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office
  • 2004 - 2008: Aide to the President of the Russian Federation
  • 2008 - 2011: First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office
  • 2011 - 2013: Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
  • 2013 - Present: Adviser to the Russian President

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