Sergey Y. Naryshkin

Sergey Y. Naryshkin is a Russian official, politician and businessman who has been Chairman of the State Duma since December 2011. Previously he was head of the Administration of the President of Russia from May 2008 to December 2011; he was also chairman of the Historical Truth Commission in May 2009 until it was dissolved in February 2012.

Born in Leningrad in one of the oldest families from Russia, which are Princes Naryshkin, Sergei Ivanovich Naryshkin graduated from Leningrad Institute of Mechanics with a degree in engineering in 1978. In the 1990s he also graduated from International Management Institute of Saint Petersburg with a degree in economics.

In 1982 he was appointed Deputy Vice-Rector of Leningrad Polytechnical Institute.

In the 1980s he served in the Soviet Embassy to Belgium. Some sources suggested that while there he worked for KGB after he had been a fellow student of Vladimir Putin at a group of KGB High School.

From 1992 until 1995 he worked in the Committee for Economy and Finance of Saint Petersburg Mayor Office. After he left, he became the chief of the external investment department of Promstroybank—a position he would hold until 1997.

From 1997 until 1998, Naryshkin led the Investment Department of the Leningrad Oblast government.

From 1998 until 2004, he was the Chairman of the Committee for External Economic and International Relations of the government of Leningrad Oblast.

In early 2004 he was a deputy head of the economic department of the Russian presidential administration.

From March through September 2004, Naryshkin was a deputy chief of staff of the Russian government.

Since 2004 he has been a member of the board of directors of Sovkomflot and a deputy chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft.

Since August 31, 2004, Naryshkin has also been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Channel One of the Russian television.

Since September 13, 2004, he has been a Minister, Chief of Staff of the Government of Russia.

On February 15, 2007, President Vladimir Putin announced that Naryshkin had been appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Russia for external economic activity, focusing on collaboration with the Commonwealth of Independent States.

In May 2008, Naryshkin was appointed chief of the Presidential Administration of Russia. In May 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev appointed him chairman of the Historical Truth Commission.