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Arkady Dvorkovich
Аркадий Дворкович
President of FIDE
Assumed office
3 October 2018
Preceded byKirsan Ilyumzhinov
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
In office
21 May 2012 – 7 May 2018
Prime MinisterDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byIgor Sechin
Succeeded byAlexey Gordeyev
Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation
In office
May 2008 – May 2012
PresidentDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byUnknown
Succeeded byKonstantin Chuychenko
Personal details
Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich

(1972-03-26) 26 March 1972 (age 52)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Alma mater

Arkady Vladimirovich Dvorkovich (Russian: Арка́дий Влади́мирович Дворко́вич; born 26 March 1972)[1] is a Russian politician and economist, currently serving as the president of the International Chess Federation, FIDE. He was Deputy Prime Minister in Dmitry Medvedev's Cabinet from 21 May 2012 until 7 May 2018. He was previously an Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation from May 2008 to May 2012. He has the federal state civilian service rank of 1st class Active State Councillor of the Russian Federation.[2]

Dvorkovich was considered to be a close confidant of Dmitry Medvedev[3] and an important figure in Russian politics. He rose to prominence during Medvedev's presidency but has suffered from the resurgence of Igor Sechin.[4] From 2018 to 2022 he was the Chairman of Skolkovo Foundation. Since 2015, he is also the Chairman of the Board of the Directors in Russian Railways company.

Dvorkovich's father, Vladimir Dvorkovich, was an international chess arbiter.[5] Dvorkovich is an official of the Russian Chess Federation and was first elected president of FIDE in October 2018, succeeding Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.[6] He was re-elected for a second term in the elections held on the sidelines of the 44th Chess Olympiad held at Mamallapuram, India on August 7, 2022.[7][8][9][10]



Dvorkovich with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, 6 June 2012
Dvorkovich with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, 6 March 2013

In 2018, he served as chairman of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organizing Committee, collaborating closely with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who later praised him for his work.[13] Subsequently, on 3 October 2018, he was elected FIDE President, receiving 103 votes, ahead of 78 votes for FIDE Vice President Georgios Markropoulos; noted English GM Nigel Short withdrew his candidacy minutes before voting commenced.[13]

Dvorkovich's professional interests include economic regulation, financial management, and tax planning. According to BusinessWeek, Dvorkovich was included in the list of 50 potential world leaders.

Dvorkovich speaks English and German, as well as Russian.

In March 2022, Dvorkovich condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine, saying that "Wars are the worst things one might face in life…including this war. My thoughts are with Ukrainian civilians."[14] Andrey Turchak, a lawmaker from Putin's United Russia party, condemned Dvorkovich's anti-war stance and called for his “immediate dismissal in disgrace”, saying: "This is nothing but the very national betrayal, the behavior of the fifth column, which the president [Putin] spoke about today”.[15] Later Dvorkovich said on the website of the Skolkovo foundation that he was "sincerely proud of the courage of our (Russian) soldiers" and that Russia had been targeted by "harsh and senseless sanctions".[16]

In August 2022, he was re-elected for a second term as FIDE president receiving 157 votes as against 16 by his rival Andrey Baryshpolets.[16]

Honours and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Arkady Dvorkovich Government of the Russian Federation
  2. ^ О присвоении квалификационных разрядов федеральным государственным служащим Администрации Президента Российской Федерации (Decree 1579) (in Russian). President of Russia. 20 December 2004.
  3. ^ Clover, Charles; Belton, Catherine (22 December 2011). "Medvedev urges far-reaching reforms". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ ""Роснефть" ждет денег из ФНБ не позднее 1 июня". Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  5. ^ "Arkady Dvorkovich interview regarding RCF candidate for FIDE President". Chessdom. Archived from the original on 4 July 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  6. ^ Staff writer(s) (3 October 2018). "Arkady Dvorkovich: Russian politician crowned world chess head". BBC.
  7. ^ BL Chennai Bureau (7 August 2022). "Arkady Dvorkovich re-elected as FIDE President". The Hindu BusinessLine.
  8. ^ AFP Chennai (7 August 2022). "Russia's Arkady Dvorkovich re-elected head of chess body FIDE, seeing off Ukrainian challenger". Deccan Herald.
  9. ^ Chessbase (7 August 2022). "Arkady Dvorkovich reelected". Chessbase.
  10. ^ "Russian former deputy PM Dvorkovich re-elected chess federation president". Reuters. Reuters. 7 August 2022.
  11. ^ a b c RU@CN 俄罗斯联邦政府副总理 (in Chinese (China)). Embassy of Russia in Beijing. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  12. ^ "New Economic School" (PDF). New Economic School. April 2019. pp. 23, 35.
  13. ^ a b "FIFA chief congratulates Russia's Dvorkovich with election as FIDE president". TASS Sports. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Exclusive: Former Top Kremlin Official Who Chairs Global Chess Federation Decries Russia's War on Ukraine". Mother Jones. 14 March 2022.
  15. ^ "Top ex-Kremlin official quits post after condemning Ukraine war". Reuters. 18 March 2022.
  16. ^ a b "Russian former deputy PM Dvorkovich re-elected chess federation president". Reuters. 7 August 2022. Archived from the original on 7 August 2022.

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