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Economics degree, Moscow State University (Russian Federation) (1978); International Business School, Harvard University (United States of America) (1991)
Ministry of Finance, USSR (1980-1991); Vice President of the joint-stock company Avtotraktoroexport (1991-1993); Member of Parliament of the Russian Federation (1993-2004), during this period he was Chairman of the Committee and First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma; Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (2004-2011); Member of Parliament - First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2011-)
Chess, soccer, golf
Chess, master of sport
Vice President (1999-2003), then President (2003-2009) of the Russian Chess Federation; Chairman of the Organising Committee of the promotion of Sochi as the candidate city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Games in 2014 (2005-2007); Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the autonomous, non-profit organisation, Organising committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi (2007-2014); President of the Russian Olympic Committee (2010-2014 and 2014-)
The Order of Friendship, the Order of Worship, the Order of Merit for the Fatherland - IV and III class, the Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Medal of P. A. Stolypin (Russian Federation)
Elected as National Olympic Committee President; member of the following Commissions : International Relations (2011-2014), Sport for All (2014-2015), Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport (2015-), Olympic Channel (2015-), Olympic Programme (2015-); Chair of the Evaluation Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022 (2014-2015); Chair of the Coordination Commission for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 (2016-2017)