Olga Golodets

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Olga Golodets
Ольга Голодец
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Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
In office
21 May 2012 – 15 January 2020
Acting: 15 – 21 January 2020
PresidentVladimir Putin
Prime MinisterDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byDmitry Chernyshenko
Personal details
Olga Yurievna Golodets

(1962-06-01) 1 June 1962 (age 60)
Moscow, RSFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyUnited Russia
Alma materMoscow State University

Olga Golodets (Russian: Ольга Юрьевна Голодец; born 1 June 1962) is Russian politician and economist who served as a deputy prime minister from 2012–2020. She was the most senior woman in the Russian government.

Early life and education[edit]

Golodets was born in Moscow on 1 June 1962.[1] She holds a bachelor's degree in economics which she received from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1984.[1] Her uncle Adamas Golodets was a professional football player and coach with FC Dynamo Moscow.[2]


Golodets began her career as a researcher at the R&D institute of labour and the employment problems institute of the Russian Science Academy.[1] She worked there from 1984 to 1997. Then she became the director at the Reformugol Foundation in 1997 and worked there until 1999. She served as the director at social policy and human resources department and then as the deputy director general for human resources and social policy at Norilsk Nickel company (1999 – 2001 and 2002 – 2008).[1][3] In 2001, she was appointed deputy governor for social issues in Taimyr (Dolgano-Nenets) Autonomous Area.[4] From July 2008 to December 2010 she was the president of the all-Russian inter-industry association of employers and also board chair at the Soglasiye Insurance Company.[1] Then she served as the deputy mayor of Moscow for education and healthcare from 3 December 2010 to 21 May 2012.[4][5] She was also a member of the Moscow city government during the same period.[6]

She was appointed one of seven deputy ministers to the cabinet led by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on 21 March 2012.[7][8] She was in charge with social affairs and policies in the cabinet.[9][10] The deputy premiership for social affairs was firstly established in May 2012.[11] Golodets supported market reform in Russia.[10] Marc Bennetts, writing for the Russian daily Ria Novosti, stated that Golodets was believed to be close to Medvedev and that she had commercial connections with businessman-turned politician Mikhail Prokhorov.[12] In fact, it was Prokhorov, who recommended Golodets for the post of deputy prime minister.[8] Their business ties were resulted from Golodets' tenure at Norilsk Nickel where they worked together.[8] On the other hand, since Golodets lacked prior experience of being a federal bureaucrat she was regarded as one of the "dark horses" in the cabinet.[11]

On 15 January 2020, she resigned from the office after President Vladimir Putin delivered the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly in which he proposed several amendments to the constitution.[13] On 11 February 2020, she was appointed to the board of Sberbank, as deputy chair under Herman Gref.[14]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Senior official". Official website of the Government. Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Что ждет российский спорт с вице-премьером Ольгой Голодец" (in Russian). Rambler. 11 May 2018.
  3. ^ Gordon M. Hahn (31 May 2012). "Putin and Medvedev liberalize government". Russia: Other points of view. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Golodets Olga Yurievna, Vice Prime Minister". The Voice of Russia. 25 May 2012. Archived from the original on 4 July 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  5. ^ "New assistant for the construction came from the mayor of Moscow". Lands. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Golodets reported on the Moscow Government's work in the education and healthcare sectors for 2011". Moscow City Government. 27 December 2011. Archived from the original on 17 April 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Putin Ally Retains Role as New Cabinet Named". Ria Novosti. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Arnaud Dubien (June 2012). "The composition of Russia's new Cabinet and Presidential Administration, and its significance". Policy Department DG External Policies. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Olga Golodets". Bureaucrat Book. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  10. ^ a b Tai Adelaja (24 May 2012). "Who runs Russia?". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  11. ^ a b Vladimir Tikhomirov (22 May 2012). "Putin names a technocrat Cabinet". Equity. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  12. ^ Bennetts, Marc (21 May 2012). "Putin Maintains Control over Government (WRAP)". Ria Novosti. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  13. ^ Oliver Carroll (15 January 2020). "Russian PM resigns in shock move as Putin announces dramatic constitutional shake-up". The Independent. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  14. ^ "Sberbank announces appointment of Olga Golodets as Deputy Chair of its Board". Sberbank. Moscow. 11 February 2020. Archived from the original on 2 February 2022. Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  15. ^ Ordonnance Souveraine n° 5.659 du 17 décembre 2015

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