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Arkady Dvorkovich

Arkady Dvorkovich

Arkady Dvorkovich ( ) was born on March 26, 1972, in Moscow. He is fluent in English and German. His father, Vladimir, was an international chess arbiter.

Economist Arkady Dvorkovich was one ofthe few officials topublicly criticize Vladimir Putin's decision toreturn tothe presidency last September, andhis appointment as adeputy prime minister adds astrong liberal voice tothe new Cabinet.

With aprodigious memory foreconomic statistics, which he attributes tohis chess-playing ability, native Muscovite Dvorkovich is widely seen as politically andideologically close toPrime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Thegraduate ofMoscow State University andDuke University inNorth Carolina served under Vladimir Putin as anadviser during his second term inthe Kremlin but was aloyal aide toMedvedev between 2008 and2012.

Dvorkovich also worked under German Gref, now president ofstate-owned financial giant Sberbank, when Gref was director ofthe Center forStrategic Development andsubsequently made economic development minister in2000.

As anaide toMedvedev, Dvorkovich has been closely associated with two ofthe then-president's most strident efforts toreduce thestate's presence inthe economy: thepush toremove Cabinet ministers fromthe boards ofstate companies andattempts toexpand thescope ofprivatization.

His position has brought him intoconflict with other political factions inthe Kremlin.

Anactive user ofthe microblogging site Twitter, Dvorkovich has enjoyed ahigh profile as amouthpiece forMedvedev oneconomic issues. Outside politics, however, theson ofa famous chess judge is thehead ofthe supervisory council ofRussia's Chess Federation.

Education: Economics, Moscow State University (MGU), 1994; New Economic School, 1996; Duke University, 1997

1994: Worked for the Economic Expert Group of the Finance Ministry, eventually becoming chairman

2001-2004: Deputy economic development and trade minister, responsible for macroeconomic policy; helped develop 2010 development plan; worked on medium-term programs and key projects, including tax reform; personal adviser to Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref (2000-2001)

2004-2008: Head of the Presidential Administration's Expert Department

2006: Member of the governing board of the Russian Football Union; head of the football development program

2007: First vice president of the Russian Chess Federation, later president

2008-2012: Economic aide to President Dmitry Medvedev and the president's representative to the Group of Eight industrialized nations

2010-present: Member of the State Commission on Economic Growth and Integration

May 2012-present: Deputy prime minister in Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's abinet

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