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Key facts about Russia’s new Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev

The candidacy of Russian Agricultural Bank CEO Dmitry Patrushev was suggested by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev earlier on Friday

MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed candidates for the new Cabinet at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. The head of state agreed with the proposed candidacies. Russia’s Agriculture Ministry will be headed by Russian Agricultural Bank CEO Dmitry Patrushev.

Dmitry Patrushev was born on October 13, 1977 in Leningrad (currently St. Petersburg) into the family of Nikolai Patrushev, an officer of the USSR State Security Committee Department for Leningrad and the Leningrad Region (director of Russia’s Federal Security Service in 1999-2008, secretary of Russia’s Security Council since 2008).

In 1999, Dmitry Patrushev graduated from the State University of Management specializing in management. In 2002-2004, he studied at the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy specializing in the world economy.

In 2003, he defended the thesis of a Candidate of Economic Sciences at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance on the theme: "Organizational and Economic Fundamentals of the Development of the Process Approach in Managing the Quality of Research Organizations."

Doctor of Economic Sciences. In 2008, he defended a thesis at the same University on the theme: "State and Market Regulators in Formulating and Implementing Industrial Policy."

In 1999-2002, he worked at the Transport Ministry of Russia.

In 2004, he was employed at Foreign Trade Bank (Vneshtorgbank, which was renamed into VTB Bank on March 1, 2007). He held the post of a VTB Bank senior vice-president from 2007.

Chairman of the Management Board, a member of the Supervisory Board of Russian Agricultural Bank from May 2010.

A member of the Gazprom Board of Directors from 2016.

Awarded the Order of Honor (2016). Honored with the Russian government’s commendation (2016).

A father of two children.