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Dmitry Peskov

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Dmitry Peskov
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Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of RussiaPresidential Press Secretary
Assumed office
22 May 2012
Preceded byNatalya Timakova
Personal details
BornDmitry Sergeyevich Peskov
(1967-10-17) 17 October 1967 (age 51)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Spouse(s)Anastasia Budennaya (div.)
Yekaterina Solotsinskaya
(m. 1994; div. 2012)

Tatiana Navka (m. 2015)
Children5
Alma materMSU Institute of Asian and African Studies

Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov (Russian: Дмитрий Серге́евич Песков, IPA: [pʲɪˈskof]; born 17 October 1967) is a Russian diplomat, translator and turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.[1]

Early life and education

Peskov was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1967. His father, Sergey, headed the Soviet diplomatic mission in Pakistan.[2]

In 1989, Peskov graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries at the Moscow State University, specializing in History and Eastern studies. In the same year, Peskov joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry.

Career

In 1990, Peskov was appointed to the Russian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as an administrative assistant. He subsequently filled the positions of attaché and then third secretary at the embassy. In 1994, he was assigned to work in the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. After two years there, he was posted back to Ankara in 1996 with the diplomatic rank of second, and then first secretary at the Russian Embassy.[1]

In 2000, Peskov returned to Russia to work at the press service of the Russian President, serving in a number of positions, including a four-year term as First Deputy Press Secretary of the Russian President, from 2004 to 2008. Peskov has served as Putin’s spokesperson since April 2000.

Peskov was named as Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov's Press Secretary on 25 April 2008,[3] putting him in place to lead Vladimir Putin's press operations when he moved to the job of Prime Minister under Dmitry Medvedev's presidency. In May 2012, when Putin again became President, Peskov succeeded Natalya Timakova as the presidential spokesperson.

Personal life

In July 2015, Peskov became engaged to the Olympic Champion ice dancer Tatiana Navka, with whom he has a daughter.[4] They married on 1 August 2015, after Peskov finalized the divorce with his second wife. During the wedding, Peskov was photographed wearing an exclusive $670,000 USD Richard Mille watch, greater than Peskov's declared income for all his years of service as a state employee. When this fact was discovered, this caused a media reaction, and Peskov replied that Navka had paid for the watch.[5] Russian anticorruption crusader Aleksei Navalny said on 17 August that Peskov vacationed recently with his new wife off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia on a 350,000-euro-per-week yacht called the Maltese Falcon. Navalny cited data from yacht-tracking websites and social-media posts as evidence partially corroborating his source’s claims, though he presented no direct proof that Peskov had set foot on the vessel.[6]

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Peskov, Dmitry Kremlin.ru
  2. ^ Pigareva, Olga. "Prominent Russians: Dmitry Peskov". RT Russiapedia. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Putin begins forming prime ministerial team". Reuters. 25 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Olympic Skating Champion to Marry Russian President Putin's Spokesman". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  5. ^ Oliphant, Ronald (3 August 2015). "Vladimir Putin's spokesman in luxury watch scandal". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  6. ^ "After Wristwatch Scandal, Putin's Spokesman Grilled Over Luxury Yacht". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.