Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin (Russian: Дми́трий Оле́гович
Рого́зин; born 21 December 1963) is a Russian politician who
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in charge of Defense industry
of Russia, since 2011.
In January 2008, he became Russia's ambassador to NATO, serving
until December 2011. He was a leader of the Rodina (Motherland) party,
until it merged with other similar Russian parties to form the Fair
Russia party. He holds two doctor's degrees (in philosophy and in
technology), and speaks four languages.
On 18 February 2011, Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev appointed
Special Representative on anti-missile defense and
negotiations with NATO countries on this issue.
On 23 December 2011, Rogozin was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister,
in charge of defense and space industry. As responsible for the
defense industry, he leads the creation of the Russian Foundation for
Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry.
Rogozin is the head of Russia’s Arctic Commission.
Rogozin is an active user of social networks
Twitter and Facebook.
1 Early life and education
4 External links
Early life and education
He was born in
Moscow to a family of a Soviet military scientist. He
Moscow State University in 1986, with a degree in
journalism, and in 1988, he graduated the University of
Marxism–Leninism under the
Moscow City Committee of the CPSU with
another degree in economics. In 1996, he also got a PhD in
In 1993, Rogozin joined the recently created party Congress of Russian
Communities led by General
Alexander Lebed and, after its founder died
in a 2002 helicopter crash, Rogozin became joint leader with Sergey
Glazyev of what became the Rodina party, which was described by Novaya
Gazeta liberal journalist
Anna Politkovskaya as 'created by the
Kremlin's spin doctors specifically... to draw moderately nationalist
voters away from the more extreme National Bolsheviks'. Rogozin was
elected to the
State Duma as a deputy from
Voronezh Oblast in 1997,
and he became a vocal activist for protection of rights of ethnic
Russians in the former Soviet republics.
Rogozin was re-elected to the
State Duma in 1999 and then appointed
the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, drawing a lot of media
attention and a share of criticism for some of his flamboyant public
remarks. In 2002, he was appointed a
Special Representative of the
Russian President to deal with
Kaliningrad problems that arose by the
Baltic states joining the European Union. Rogozin received an official
letter of gratitude from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2003, Rogozin became one of the leaders of the Rodina (Motherland)
"national-patriotic" coalition, which won 9.2% of the popular vote or
37 of the 450 seats in the Duma in 2003 parliamentary election,
briefly propelling him to the post of the Duma's vice-speaker, from
which he was dismissed a year and a half later as a result of some
elaborate interfaction dealings. He remained an ordinary member of the
Duma until the following election, in 2007.
After the breakthrough in 2003 elections, Rogozin became involved in
power struggle with Rodina's other co-chairman Glazyev, who had
socialist views. Glazyev nominated himself as the party's candidate in
the 2004 presidential election, but Rogozin called on his party
comrades to support incumbent Putin. Rogozin soon ousted Glazyev, to
become the party's sole leader.
Rogozin, Russian PM
Dmitry Medvedev and Ukrainian PM Mykola Azarov,
June 27, 2012
Under Rogozin, Rodina shifted towards the right wing of Russian
politics and became the second largest and one of the country's most
successful parties. A number of controversies on Rogozin's policies
culminated in it being banned in 2005 from standing for election to
Moscow City Duma for using what was considered as chauvinist
slogan 'Let's Clean the Garbage!'. Many analysts believe it was
made illegally to prevent Rogozin becoming a candidate at the Russian
presidential elections in 2008.
Rogozin's right views were not shared by all his party's members. In
early 2006, at Rodina's congress, Rogozin resigned as party leader.
Rogozin left Rodina after its merger with the Russian Party of Life
and the Pensioners' Party into Fair Russia. In November 2006, he was
the Chairman of the revived Congress of Russian Communities. In April
2007, he announced that he may support the formation of the Great
Russia Party, in conjunction with the Movement Against Illegal
Immigration. The party said that it may consider supporting the
candidacy of Belarusian President
Alexander Lukashenko for the
Russia in 2008, a move that was unconstitutional because
Lukashenko is not a Russian citizen. Because Russian authorities had
not registered Great Russia, the party could not contest the
legislative election in 2007.
In 2008, he was appointed a Russian ambassador to NATO. As Russia's
NATO envoy, he was heavily opposed to Ukraine and Georgia becoming
members of NATO. After the two countries were denied membership of the
NATO Membership Action Plan, he claimed, "They will not invite these
bankrupt scandalous regimes to join NATO... more so as important
Russia are at stake". For such words, he was
criticized by some Ukrainian and Georgian officials. A former
Ukrainian envoy to NATO, Ihor Sahach, said, "In my opinion, he is
merely used as one of cogs in the informational war waged against
Ukraine. Sooner or later, I think, it should be stopped". The envoy
also expressed a surprise with Rogozin's slang words: "It was for the
first time that I heard such a higher official as envoy using this, I
don't even know how to describe it, whether it was a slang or language
of criminal circles…. I understand Russian, but, I'm sorry, I don't
know what his words meant". The Foreign Minister of Ukraine
Volodymyr Ohryzko stated that he did not regard the statement as
On March 17, 2014, the next day after the Crimean status referendum,
Rogozin became one of the first seven people who were put under
executive sanctions by US President Barack Obama. The sanctions froze
his assets in the US and banned him from entering the country. He
was also added to the Canadian and to the EU sanction list due to the
Crimean crisis. Rogozin has stated that Russia's defence sector has
"many other ways of travelling the world besides tourist visas" and
"tanks don't need visas".
On May 10, 2014, Rogozin started a diplomatic conflict between Romania
Romania barred his plane from entering its airspace.
In response, he made two threatening posts on his
Twitter account, one
of which stated that next time, he would fly on board a Tu-160
Instead, on July 28, 2017, he boarded an
S7 Airlines commercial flight
to Chișinău, where he would meet Moldovan President Igor Dodon, but
the Romanian government again denied permission for the plane to enter
its airspace, citing the "presence of a sanctioned person on
board". The Boeing 737-800 went on a holding pattern in Hungarian
airspace for a while, but after
Hungary denied permission for
landing and ordered the plane to leave, it was decided to divert to
Minsk, Belarus, outside of the EU, reportedly with barely enough fuel
to reach there. The plane later flew to
Chișinău with the
remaining passengers, but without Rogozin. The Deputy
Prime-Minister later tweeted: "The Romanian authorities endangered the
lives of passengers on an S7 flight, women and children. Fuel was
[just] enough to [get to] Minsk. Wait for an answer, vermin!"
Asked about Rogozin's threat, Romanian National Defense Minister
Adrian Țuțuianu said: "I don't think we need to make this a
discussion, we would be in the wrong attempting to escalate by all
sorts of statements the statements made by others. I believe it's wise
to mind our business and see to our program."
On 2 August 2017 he was declared persona non grata by the Government
In October 2014, Rogozin wrote a foreword for a book, Alaska Betrayed
and Sold: The History of a Palace Conspiracy, by Ivan Mironov. In it
Rogozin supported the author's claim that the sale of Alaska was a
"betrayal of Russian power status". He also claimed in his writing
Russia had the "right to reclaim our lost colonies". Rogozin's
opinion on Alaska came out right around the time that the state was
preparing to observe the anniversary of the sale.
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Moscow after deputy PM
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S7 Airlines flight #S7157 from
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holding near Romanian border".
Twitter (@flightradar24). 2017-07-28.
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^ "Румынские власти подвергли
опасности жизни пассажиров рейсового
самолета S7, женщин и детей. Топлива
хватило до Минска. Ждите ответа, гады".
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original on 28 July 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
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