Vladimir Yakunin biography and facts

Politician from Russia

Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin (Russian: Владимир Иванович Якунин; born June 30, 1948 in Melenki, Vladimir Oblast) is a Russian official, president of the state-run Russian Railways company. Yakunin is a close ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin and is considered to be one of the members of his inner circle. Yakunin's father was a pilot of the USSR Border Troops of the KGB. As a child Yakunin lived in Estonia, Pärnu. In 1972 Yakunin graduated from the Leningrad Mechanical Institute where he studied aircraft construction. In 1972-1975 he worked in the State Institute for Applied Chemistry in Leningrad. After completing his military service (1975-1977), he worked in the State Committee for International Trade of the Sovmin (Council of Ministers) until 1982. In 1982-1985 he was one of the heads of the Foreign Relations Department in the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute. Between 1985 and 1991, Yakunin was part of the Soviet diplomatic mission to the United Nations, since 1988, as the Mission's First Secretary. According to some sources, during this term, he worked as an officer of the First Chief Directorate of the KGB (foreign intelligence). After 1991 he was a private businessman  ( Wikipedia )


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Date of birth
Place of birth
Melenki, Vladimir Oblast


Company Job title From To
Russian Railways


Institution From To
Baltic State Technical University

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