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Igor Ivanov

Igor Ivanov
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Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation
In office
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byVladimir Rushailo
Succeeded byValentin Sobolev (acting)
Foreign Minister of Russia
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 76)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Alma materMoscow State Linguistic University
AwardsHero of the Russian Federation medal.png

Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov (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

Ivanov was born in 1945 in Moscow to a Russian father and a Georgian mother (Elena Sagirashvili). 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

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.


Ivanov was succeeded to the post of foreign minister by Sergey Lavrov in 2004, and appointed by President Vladimir Putin to the post of Secretary of the Security Council, followed shortly by the appointment of Sergey Lavrov as foreign minister.

On 9 July 2007 he submitted his resignation. On 18 July, President Putin accepted Ivanov's resignation and appointed Valentin Sobolev as acting secretary,

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

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.

Honours and awards

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