Mikhail Shvydkoy


Special Representative of Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation. Ambassador-at-Large. Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation (2000–2004).

RIAC member.

Graduated from the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS) with a degree in Theatre Studies.

1973-1990: Worked for Theatre magazine.

1991-1993: Headed the Kultura publishing group.

1993-1997: Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

1997: Appointed Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Chairman of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK).

1998-2000: Chairman of VGTRK.

2000-2004: Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation. After the reform of the Minister of Culture in 2004, was appointed Head of the Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography.

Mikhail Shvydkoy was one of the founders of the Kultura television channel in Russia and was its Chief Editor in the short period from autumn 1997 to the beginning of 1998.

23 October 2008: Elected President of the Russian Academy of Television at an extraordinary meeting.

September 2008: Awarded the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”, IV Class “for his enormous contribution to the development of Russian culture and the many years of productive work.”

October 2009: Awarded the “Italy in the World” prize.

Professor Mikhail Shvydkoy holds the degree of Doctor of Fine Arts and is a member of the Russian Academy of Humanities and the Union of Russian Writers, the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation and the Russian Union of Journalists. He is a recipient of the State Prize of the Russian Federation for Literature and Art. In 1999, Dr Shvydkoy, along with the co-organizers of the project, was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation. He is also the recipient of the Gloria Artis medal for his contribution to strengthening cultural ties between Poland and Russia, as well as the Russian Academy of Television award for Best Talk Show Host (for the programme Cultural Revolution).

Poll conducted

  1. In your opinion, what are the US long-term goals for Russia?
    U.S. wants to establish partnership relations with Russia on condition that it meets the U.S. requirements  
     33 (31%)
    U.S. wants to deter Russia’s military and political activity  
     30 (28%)
    U.S. wants to dissolve Russia  
     24 (22%)
    U.S. wants to establish alliance relations with Russia under the US conditions to rival China  
     21 (19%)
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