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      Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko - Winner of the "Karic Brothers" Award 2017
      • 20. November 2017.
    • Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Zinovyev, a Russian logician and writer of social critique said in one of his interviews, that the 21st century will be a century of powerful and determined women who will lead the world with understanding and female logic - or there will be no new era. This claim could entirely be related to Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, the first woman to be the head of the Federal Assembly or Upper House of the Russian Federation.

      She was unanimously elected as Chairwoman of the Federation Council in 2011. Beside being successful as politician, Valentina Matviyenko is engaged in very fruitful social activities. She was and is the initiator of the largest russian projects like "National Action Plan for Children", "The Decade of Childhood", "National Strategy for the best  Interest of Women".

      Valentina Matviyenko is a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation. The high position of the Chairwoman of the Federation Council which is considered the third rank after the President and the Prime Minister of Russia, preceded by a rich biography.

      She was eager and thirsty for knowledge since her early age. She graduated from Medical School, Leningrad Institute of Chemistry and Pharmaceutics, Academy of Social Sciences and the Soviet Union's Diplomatic Academy. Her obviously excellent leadership skills helped her to  successfully hold various leadership positions within the Komsomol organization, the party and in Leningrad's municipal government. In 1989, Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko was elected as people’s deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union and headed the committee on women, family and children affairs. Between 1991 and 1998 she served and held several diplomatic positions  including posts of Russian ambassador to Malta (1991-1995) and Greece (1997-1998) where she made a significant contribution to strengthening relations between the countries. She holds the diplomatic rank of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Between 1998 and 2003 acting as Deputy Prime Minister of Russia she dealt with welfare  issues and made significant improvements in this area.

      In 2003 Matviyenko became the first female leader of Saint Petersburg  in three hundred years . Untill 2011 during eight years as a mayor of this great city she made impressive results. The city budget has risen five times and investments have increased almost eight times. More than 30 large industrial enterprises have been drawn to Saint Petersburg  including Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, General Motors, Scania, Suzuki, Magna International, MAN SE, thus turning the city into an important center of car industry. Matviyenko developed a large number of megaprojects including the IT industry, which now accounts for more than  10% of the city's GDP. She improved city’s energy system which has enabled to completely solve the lack of electric capacities in Saint Petersburg. Also,  the Saint Petersburg Ring Road was built including the Big Obukhovsky Bridge (the only non-draw bridge over the Neva River in the city), completion of the Saint Petersburg Dam aimed to put an end to ill-famous Saint Petersburg floods, launching Line 5 of Saint Petersburg Metro and starting land reclamation in the Neva Bay for the new Marine Facade of the city (the largest European waterfront development project) containing the Passenger Port of St. Petersburg. City administration also completed a comprehensive restoration of more than 3,500 city objects and monuments of the world heritage.

      As a head of the Federal Assembly or Upper House of the Russian Federation, Valentina Matviyenko continued her successful international activity as the President of the Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Thanks to her initiative Saint Petersburg  hosted a very successful  137th Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly the oldest international parliamentary organization.

      For several years in a row, Valentina Matviyenko is being ranked as the number one most influential woman in Russia. She has received many honors and awards for many years of fruitful political and social activity:  all 4 orders of Merit for the Fatherland (the highest Russian Order), foreign state awards of Austria, Finland, Greece, Malta, Kazakhstan, Belarus, China and Turkmenistan, as well as many religious awards.

      The "Karic Brothers" Award for the contribution to the strengthening of democracy, peace, cooperation and friendship among nations is being joined to the brilliant series of Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko’s awards and prizes.

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