Ivan Demidov, head of the Department of humanitarian policy and public relations of management of internal policy of the President of the Russian Federation

(Help)Born July 23, 1963 in Syzran, Kuibyshev (now Samara) region in the family of employees. In 1980 he graduated from secondary school N 16 city of Kuibyshev. In 1995 he graduated from the Pyatigorsk state pedagogical Institute, specialty "Russian language and literature" (in absentia).From 1981 to 1983, he did military service in the Soviet army, in the army airborne in the occupied territory of Lithuania. The rank of Sergeant.From 1983 to 1987 - illuminator shop outdoor lighting TTC USSR radio and television. Since 1987 - the administrator Main editorial programs for youth DH USSR radio and television (programme "What? Where? When?" "Peace and youth", "sincerely", "come on girl"). Since 1989 - assistant Director, Director of the program "Look" of the Youth edition of DH USSR radio and television.In 1989 he directed coverage of the Festival of youth and students in North Korea.In 1990 - one of the founders of the TV company "ВИD", head of programmes television APPEARANCE on channel 6 ("Forever", "Sharks", "Sharks Politburo", "Drive channel", "Party zone"), a member of the Board of Directors of the broadcasting company "the KIND", the founder of JSC "Forever" and JSC "Disc channel". Читать полностью -->

Top 100 leading politicians in Russia: increased influence of Ministers and economists and top managers of state-owned banks

In 2009, in the first hundred leading politicians of Russia has increased the influence of the "Ministers of economists, executives of state-owned banks, "international power" bloc and the party elite. Thus, compared with 2008, decreased significantly influence regional and business elites. Overall in 2009, was preserved a single centre of strategic decision-making, although its configuration is changed, the peripheral elite group tried to deconstruct, writes "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" with reference to the results of the annual survey of the Agency for political and economic communications.The leader of the annual rating is the head of the Russian government Vladimir Putin (9.52 points on a scale; in 2008 - 9,30). In second place - the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (9,14 and 8,99 respectively). Thus, Medvedev did not meet expectations of political analysts: in late December, experts believed that the President will finally overtake in the rankings of the Prime Minister.In 2008-2009, the tandem configuration has changed since the beginning of 2008 the gap between them steadily reduced (especially in August-September), and then made a symbolic value. On a symbolic level it remained until August of 2009, and in September, Dmitry Medvedev, speaking with a number of initiatives (notably the article "Russia, forward!"), ranked the first position. Читать полностью -->

Multiculturalism as the illusion of prosperity

Paul GITNIK, RosbaltIn one series of wonderful movie "Alien", there is an episode where the heroine Sigourney weaver says a scientist who grows monsters-killers: "You will all die". The desire to speak out in this manner arose occasionally, some Russian participants held recently in St. Petersburg of the Russian-German forum "Workshop of the future", brought together in a dialogue of the Russian and German young politicians and experts.The theme of the forum was "New demographic and migration challenges for Russia and Europe. Common problem areas of Russia and Germany. Best Russian-European cooperation on the problems of demographic crisis". Russian and German young "elite" tried to understand what these calls do. Читать полностью -->

A quarter of Russians wants to increase presidential term

Exactly half of Russians supported the initiative of extending the terms of office of the President to 6 years, while a quarter of the population is opposed to this innovation. This is evidenced by the results of the survey "Levada-Center", which leads the Agency "Interfax". On the website of the analytical center of the research results not yet published.At the time, as the extension of the term of office of the head of state has received fairly wide support, the Russians still undecided with respect to the extending of the State Duma. The number of opponents and supporters of the innovations are almost the same: the extension of powers act 41 percent of Russians, against 42 per cent. Undecided almost one in five respondents - 18 percent of respondents.Also sociologists asked the Russians about their attitudes to the possibility of returning to the practice of direct election of regional leaders (governors now appointed in the Kremlin). 52 percent of respondents approved of the idea, opposed by only 20 percent of respondents."Levada-Center conducted a survey from 9 to 13 November in 46 Russian regions.The initiative for amending the Constitution, according to which the terms of office of the President and the lower house of Parliament will be increased from 4 to 6 and 5 years respectively were made by Dmitry Medvedev. Читать полностью -->

A former Muslim on Christian Europe's future

Alexey YudinThe religious life of Italy in the past year was marked by, among other things, one extraordinary event. At Easter 2008, in the Vatican Basilica of St. Peter received baptism from the hands of Pope Benedict XVI one of the most famous journalists of Italy, a Muslim by birth by Magdi Allam, who became from that day by Magdi Cristiano (Christian) by Allama. Allam was known for his sharply critical books and articles about the situation of Islam in Europe today, very unflattering to Muslims themselves. After his conversion to Catholicism Cristiano Allam published an open letter to the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera", in which five years he was Deputy chief editor of the largest and columnist. This letter is without exaggeration can be called a unique socio-religious sound last time. Читать полностью -->

Berlusconi believes in youth

Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has promised Russia to a swift conclusion of an agreement with the EU, as well as friendship with ObamaRoman FedoseevThe meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi ended predictably well. Italian leader assured that the signing of the strategic agreement between Russia and the EU there are no obstacles, and also advised the Russian President to continue to spread the truth about the tragedy in South Ossetia in the fight against "global misinformation." In addition, he promised that "Medvedev young" and "young and well tanned Obama will find common language.On Thursday in Moscow hosted a large-scale Russian-Italian consultations, which resulted in the signing of a large package of intergovernmental agreements on different levels. The Central element of these negotiations was the meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.At a press conference after meeting Russian President confirmed a long time already do not discredit the fact - Russian-Italian relations are stable and have a good future." Thus, when asked by journalists to give a "recipe" for success of cooperation in the energy sector, he said, "based not on cereal and pizza, and trust between the entrepreneurs of our countries".Berlusconi, in turn, not only expressed satisfaction with the fact that Italy is the second commercial partner of Russia, but also expressed the hope that Rome will be released in the first place. "We want our cooperation has become more than a strategic one. We will cooperate with President Medvedev, to work together in managing the global real economy," said the Italian leader."We have no oil, as in Russia, but our oil is the entrepreneurial spirit that will help us to develop cooperation with Russia," added Berlusconi.As with other issues in addition to bilateral relations, the Russian President said that he had paid in a conversation with Berlusconi's attention and the global financial crisis. "Russia their ideas in this regard have been presented to their partners and be ready to discuss them," Medvedev said, referring to the upcoming November 15 in Washington the meeting of the group of twenty leading economies.He stressed that Russia stands for the formation of a new financial architecture, as "the one that exists today, its functions does not perform". Читать полностью -->

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