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82-year-old lady becomes governor’s aide in unprecedented appointment

January 16, 2014, 17:58 UTC+3 VLADIMIR

Alisa Aksyonova’s workweek will be 24 hours because of her age

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Alisa Aksyonova

Alisa Aksyonova

© Photo provided by the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum Reserve

VLADIMIR, January 16. /ITAR-TASS/. In an unprecedented for Russia appointment, an 82-year-old lady, renowned museum staffer and an honorary citizen, has become an aide to the governor of Russia’s Vladimir Region (northeast of the Moscow region), the press service of the regional administration told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The age of Alisa Aksyonova is well above the age limit for civil servants. “This is a full-time job, and the adviser will have her own office,” the press service said, adding that because of her age, Alisa’s workweek will be 24 hours.

For more than half-a-century, from 1960 to 2010 she led the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum Reserve, and from 2010 to 2013 she was its honorary president. Last summer Alisa retired, “but her vigor and enthusiasm to keep on working prevented her from confining herself to a calm life of a pensioner”.

Owing to her high professionalism and outstanding talent, the Museum Reserve she led became a major scientific-educational establishment in Russia. That is why cultural issues and work to make the region more attractive for tourists will be within the competence of Alisa Aksyonova in her new office.

She has 20 Russian and foreign state awards and is the winner of state prizes of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic within the former Soviet Union and of the Russian Federation. She also received a presidential award in the sphere of education for creating a children’s museum center of the Vladimir-Suzdal Museum Reserve, and is an honored worker of culture of the Russian Federation.

In 2003 she became Ph.D. candidate in History. After the Hero of Labor award was resurrected in Russia, Vladimir Region’s head Svetlana Orlova asked to put her forward for a decoration.

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