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Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov (Russian: Дмитрий Серге́евич Песков, IPA: [pʲɪˈskof]; born 17 October 1967) is a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.[1]

Dmitry Peskov
Dmitry Peskov.jpeg
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Administration of RussiaPresidential Press Secretary
Assumed office
22 May 2012
Preceded byNatalya Timakova
Personal details
Born
Dmitry Sergeyevich Peskov

(1967-10-17) 17 October 1967 (age 51)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia)
Spouse(s)
Anastasia Budennaya
(m. 1988; div. 1994)

Yekaterina Solotsinskaya
(m. 1994; div. 2012)

Tatiana Navka (m. 2015)
Children5
Alma materMSU Institute of Asian and African Studies

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Early life and educationEdit

Peskov was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1967. His father, Sergey, headed the Soviet diplomatic mission in Pakistan.[2]

In 1989, Peskov graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries at the Moscow State University, specializing in History and Eastern studies. In the same year, Peskov joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry.

CareerEdit

In 1990, Peskov was appointed to the Soviet Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, as an administrative assistant. He subsequently filled the positions of attaché and then third secretary at the embassy. In 1994, he was assigned to work in the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow. After two years there, he was posted back to Ankara in 1996 with the diplomatic rank of second, and then first secretary at the Russian Embassy.[1]

In 2000, Peskov returned to Russia to work at the press service of the Russian President, serving in a number of positions, including a four-year term as First Deputy Press Secretary of the Russian President, from 2004 to 2008. Peskov has served as Putin’s spokesperson since April 2000.

Peskov was named as Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov's Press Secretary on 25 April 2008,[3] putting him in place to lead Vladimir Putin's press operations when he moved to the job of Prime Minister under Dmitry Medvedev's presidency. In May 2012, when Putin again became President, Peskov succeeded Natalya Timakova as the presidential spokesperson.

High-level non-contacts with the Trump administrationEdit

In January 2016, according to the Washington Post, Cohen sent an e-mail to Dmitry Peskov which was the "most direct outreach documented by a top Trump aide to a similarly senior member of Putin’s government." The e-mail was sent to a general Russian government press account, and so Peskov never replied. [4][5]

Personal lifeEdit

In July 2015, Peskov became engaged to the Olympic Champion ice dancer Tatiana Navka, with whom he has a daughter.[6] They married on 1 August 2015, after Peskov finalized the divorce with his second wife. During the wedding, Peskov was photographed wearing an exclusive $670,000 USD Richard Mille watch, greater than Peskov's declared income for all his years of service as a state employee. When this fact was discovered, this caused a media reaction, and Peskov replied that Navka had paid for the watch.[7] Russian anticorruption crusader Aleksei Navalny said on 17 August that Peskov vacationed recently with his new wife off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia on a 350,000-euro-per-week yacht called the Maltese Falcon. Navalny cited data from yacht-tracking websites and social-media posts as evidence partially corroborating his source’s claims, though he presented no direct proof that Peskov had set foot on the vessel.[8]

Aside from Peskov's native Russian language, he also is fluent in English, Turkish and Arabic.

His daughter, Elizaveta Peskova, is an assistant to far-right Aymeric Chauprade, a French Member of the European Parliament.[9][10]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Peskov, Dmitry Kremlin.ru
  2. ^ Pigareva, Olga. "Prominent Russians: Dmitry Peskov". RT Russiapedia. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Putin begins forming prime ministerial team". Reuters. 25 April 2008.
  4. ^ Rosalind S. Helderman; Carol D. Leonnig; Tom Hamburger (28 August 2017). "Top Trump Organization executive asked Putin aide for help on business deal". Washington Post. Retrieved 25 April 2019. Cohen’s email marks the most direct outreach documented by a top Trump aide to a similarly senior member of Putin’s government [...] he did not recall receiving a response from Peskov [...] The email, addressed to Peskov, appeared to have been sent to a general Kremlin press account.
  5. ^ Matt Taibbi (23 April 2019). "The Press Will Learn Nothing From the Russiagate Fiasco". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 April 2019. an email Trump lawyer Michael Cohen sent to Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov. They called it “the most direct interaction yet of a top Trump aide and a senior member of Putin’s government.” The report shows the whole episode was a joke. In order to further the Trump Tower project-that-never-was, Cohen literally cold-emailed the Kremlin. More than that, he entered the email incorrectly, so the letter initially didn’t even arrive. When he finally fixed the mistake, Peskov didn’t answer back.
  6. ^ "Olympic Skating Champion to Marry Russian President Putin's Spokesman". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  7. ^ Oliphant, Ronald (3 August 2015). "Vladimir Putin's spokesman in luxury watch scandal". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  8. ^ "After Wristwatch Scandal, Putin's Spokesman Grilled Over Luxury Yacht". Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  9. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/25/daughter-putin-spokesman-dmitry-peskov-working-far-right-french
  10. ^ https://www.thedailybeast.com/daughter-of-putins-spokesman-interns-for-far-right-french-member-of-european-parliament-report