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Igor Ivanov

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Igor Ivanov
Игорь Иванов
Ivanov in 2014
Secretary of the Security Council of Russia
In office
9 March 2004 – 17 June 2007
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byVladimir Rushailo
Succeeded byValentin Sobolev (acting)
Nikolai Patrushev
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
30 September 1998 – 24 February 2004
PresidentBoris Yeltsin
Vladimir Putin
Preceded byYevgeny Primakov
Succeeded bySergey Lavrov
Personal details
Born (1945-09-23) 23 September 1945 (age 78)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Alma materMoscow State Linguistic University

Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov[1] (born 23 September 1945) is a Russian politician who was Foreign Minister of Russia from 1998 to 2004 under both the Yeltsin and the Putin administrations.

Early life[edit]

Ivanov was born in 1945 in Moscow to a Russian father and a Georgian mother (Elena Sagirashvili).[2] In 1969 he graduated at the Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages (Moscow State Linguistic University). He joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry in 1973 and spent a decade in Spain. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1983. In 1991 he became the ambassador in Madrid.

Minister of Foreign Affairs[edit]

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 11, 1998. As Russian foreign minister, Ivanov was an opponent of NATO's action in Yugoslavia. He was also an opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Ivanov played a key role in mediating a deal between Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and opposition parties during Georgia's "Rose Revolution" in 2003.

Later career[edit]

Ivanov was succeeded by Sergey Lavrov as foreign minister in 2004, and appointed by President Vladimir Putin to the post of Secretary of the Russian Security Council. On 9 July 2007, he submitted his resignation,[3] which was accepted by President Putin on 18 July.

Ivanov is the president of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC),[4] and is a professor at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), a member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe, and a member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

In 2011, Ivanov became a member of the Advisory Council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, and in 2014 worked for The Moscow Times.[5] In recent years, he appears to be staying out of the limelight and not getting involved in politics and public activities proactively.

Honours and awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Russian: И́горь Серге́евич Ивано́в.
  2. ^ Foreign Policy Bulletin (2000), 11 : pp 41-94, Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2000
  3. ^ Andrew E. Kramer (10 July 2007). "Russia: Security Council Official Resigns". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
  4. ^ "RIAC: Presidium". russiancouncil.ru. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Igor Ivanov". The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs (Russia)
Succeeded by