Vladimir Ivanovich Yakunin (Владимир Иванович Якунин; born June 30, 1948 in Vladimir region) is a Russian official, head of state-run Russian Railways company. Vladimir Yakunin is a close ally of the Russian president Vladimir Putin and is considered to be one of the members of his inner circle.
As a child Vladimir Yakunin lived in Estonia.
In 1982-1985 he was a Head of the Foreign Relations Department in the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute.
Between 1985 and 1991 Yakunin was part of the Soviet diplomatic mission in the United Nations, since 1988 as the First Secretary of the Mission. According to some sources, during this term he worked as an officer of the First Chief Directorate of KGB (foreign intelligence).
After 1991 he was a private businessman until 1997 when he became a government official once again.
In April 1991 together with Yuriy Kovalchuk and Sergey Fursenko he founded the enterprise TEMP Ltd. and became its deputy director general. Sergey Fursenko assumed the position of its director general.
Also in 1991 together with Yuriy Kovalchuk and Viktor Myachin he founded JSC Quark (later renamed to JSC Stream).
In December 1991 he became a member of the board of directors and minor shareholder of the Russia bank.
Since the early 90s, Yakunin owns a dacha in Solovyovka, Priozersky district of the Leningrad region, which is located on the eastern shore of the Komsomol'skoye lake on the Karelian Isthmus near St. Petersburg. His neighbours there are Vladimir Putin, Andrei Fursenko, Sergey Fursenko, Yuriy Kovalchuk, Viktor Myachin, Vladimir Smirnov and Nikolay Shamalov. On November 10, 1996, together they instituted the co-operative society Ozero (the Lake) which united their properties.
In January 1997 Yakunin was elected member of the board of directors of BaltUneximbank.
Vladimir Yakunin is Chairman of the Committee of Trustees of the Center of the National Glory of Russia and St. Andrew's Foundation organizations which fund Orthodox Church-related projects.
Vladimir Yakunin is also President of the "World Public Forum - Dialogue of Civilizations", an International NGO, registered in Vienna, Austria, which he co-founded with C.Kapur of India and N.Papanikolao from Greece/USA. World Public Forum - Dialogue of Civilizations is an initiative to link people of different civilizations, traditions and religions. It organizes the annual Rhodes Conference on Dialogue of Civilizations.
RUSSIAN RAILWAYS PRESIDENT VLADIMIR YAKUNIN ADDRESSES XX PLENARY SESSION OF COORDINATING COUNCIL ON TRANSSIBERIAN TRANSPORTATION.
Sep 28, 2011; MOSCOW, Russia -- The following information was released by JSC Russian Railways: Vladimir Yakunin, the President of Russian...
VLADIMIR YAKUNIN AND SIIM KALLAS TAKE PART IN PRESENTATION OF LASTOCHKA ELECTRIC TRAIN AND NEW LONG-DISTANCE PASSENGER CARRIAGE.
Jun 08, 2012; MOSCOW, Russia -- The following information was released by JSC Russian Railways: Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian...