Valentina Tereshkova


State Duma Deputy, Deputy Chair of the Committee for International Affairs, Cosmonaut.

Graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy. Holds a Ph.D. degree in Technical Sciences.

In 1962, was registered as a cosmonaut. On 16-19 June 1963, she was on board the Vostok-6 spacecraft, and became the first woman ever to go into space.

Actively involved in public activities; headed several NGOs, including: the Soviet Women's Committee, the Presidium of the Union of Soviet Societies for Friendship and Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, and the Russian Center for International Scientific and Cultural Cooperation under the RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Member of the World Peace Council. Vice-President of the Women’s International Democratic Federation. Laureate of the Russian Federation State Award for Achievements in the Field of Humanitarianism.

Was an elected Member of the USSR Supreme Soviet and of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet. From 2011, Member of the State Duma of the sixth convocation, Member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs.

Hero of the Soviet Union. Military rank: major general.

Recipient of major state awards of the USSR, Russia and foreign countries.

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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