• Chairman of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee
  • Deputy Chairman of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee Supervisory Board
  • Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
  • Member of the FIFA Executive Committee

Date of birth

  • 8 December 1958

Education

  • St Petersburg State University, Law Department
  • Leningrad Water Transport Institute with a degree in Ship Engines and Mechanisms
  • Candidate of Sciences in Economics

Career

  • 2008 - Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation
  • 2007 - Representative of the Government of St Petersburg to the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation. Member of the Federation Affairs and Regional Policy Committee, Chairman of the Youth Affairs and Sport Commission and Member of the Commission monitoring the activities of the Federation Council
  • 2003-2008 - Worked at the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
  • 1997-2003 - President of Zenit St Petersburg Football Club
  • 1992-1996 - Deputy Mayor of St Petersburg, Chairman of the Social Issues Committee
  • 1991 - Head of the Administration of Kirov District
  • 1990 - Chairman of the Kirov District Deputies Council
  • 1977-1978 – Sailor mechanic on the vessels of the Leningrad sea port and the Office of the North-Western Shipping Company

Public positions

  • 2009 - Member of the FIFA Executive Committee
  • Vice-President of the Football Federation of St Petersburg
  • Founder and President of the Public Charity Foundation for Support and Development of Football in St Petersburg “Golden Pelican”
  • President of the Special Olympic Committee of St Petersburg, conducting competitions for athletes with disabilities and developing rehabilitation programs for people with intellectual disabilities
  • 2006 – 2010 - Member of the Technical Committee and Development Committee of FIFA
  • 2005 - 2009 - President of the Football Union of Russia
  • 2001-2003 - President of the Russian Football Premier League

State awards

  • 2008 - Order of Merit for the Fatherland of IV degree — for his contribution to the development of sports and physical culture and long-term diligent work
  • 2008 - Honorary Certificate of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation
  • 2005 - Honorary Certificate of the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • 2005 - Medal (In memory of the 1000th anniversary of Kazan)
  • 2003 - Medal (In memory of the 300th anniversary of St Petersburg)
  • 2002 - Order of Friendship
  • 1994 - Order of Honour