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Olga Yurievna Golodets (Russian: Ольга Юрьевна Голодец; born 1 June 1962) is a Russian politician and economist who is Deputy Prime Minister of Russia since 2012.

Olga Golodets
Ольга Голодец
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Deputy Prime Minister
Assumed office
21 May 2012
Prime MinisterDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byOffice established
Personal details
Born (1962-06-01) 1 June 1962 (age 57)
Moscow, Soviet Union
(now Russia)
Political partyUnited Russia
Alma materMoscow State University


Early life and educationEdit

Golodets was born in Moscow on 1 June 1962.[1] She holds a bachelor's degree in economics, which she received from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1984.[1] Her uncle Adamas Golodets was a professional football player and coach with FC Dynamo Moscow.[2]


Golodets began her career as a researcher at the R&D institute of labour and the employment problems institute of the Russian science academy.[1] She worked there from 1984 to 1997. Then she became the director at the Reformugol Foundation (1997 – 1999). She served as the director at social policy and human resources department and then deputy director general for human resources and social policy at Norilsk Nickel company (1999 – 2001 and 2002 – 2008).[1][3] In 2001, she was appointed deputy governor for social issues in Taimyr (Dolgano-Nenets) Autonomous Area.[4] From July 2008 to December 2010 she served as the president of the all-Russian inter-industry association of employers and also board chair at the Soglasiye Insurance Company.[1] Then she served as the deputy mayor of Moscow for education and healthcare from 3 December 2010 to 21 May 2012.[4][5] She was also a member of the Moscow city government during the same period.[6]

She was appointed one of seven deputy ministers to the cabinet led by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev on 21 March 2012.[7][8] She is in charge with social affairs and policies in the cabinet.[9][10] The deputy premiership for social affairs was firstly established in May 2012.[11] Golodets supports market reform in Russia.[10] Marc Bennetts, writing for the Russian daily Ria Novosti, stated that Golodets is believed to be close to Medvedev and that she has commercial connections with businessman-turned politician Mikhail Prokhorov.[12] In fact, it was Prokhorov, who recommended Golodets for the post of deputy prime minister.[8] Their business ties are resulted from Golodets' tenure at Norilsk Nickel where they worked together.[8] On the other hand, since Golodets lacks prior experience of being a federal bureaucrat she was regarded as one of the "dark horses" in the cabinet.[11]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Senior official". Official website of the Government. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Что ждет российский спорт с вице-премьером Ольгой Голодец" (in Russian). Rambler. 11 May 2018.
  3. ^ Hahn, Gordon M. (31 May 2012). "Putin and Medvedev liberalize government". Russia: Other points of view. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Golodets Olga Yurievna, Vice Prime Minister". The Voice of Russia. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  5. ^ "New assistant for the construction came from the mayor of Moscow". Lands. 3 December 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Golodets reported on the Moscow Government's work in the education and healthcare sectors for 2011". Moscow City Government. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Putin Ally Retains Role as New Cabinet Named". Ria Novosti. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Dubien, Arnaud (June 2012). "The composition of Russia's new Cabinet and Presidential Administration, and its significance". Policy Department DG External Policies. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Olga Golodets". Bureaucrat Book. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  10. ^ a b Adelaja, Tai (24 May 2012). "Who runs Russia?". The Moscow News. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  11. ^ a b Tikhomirov, Vladimir (22 May 2012). "Putin names a technocrat Cabinet". Equity. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  12. ^ Bennetts, Marc (21 May 2012). "Putin Maintains Control over Government (WRAP)". Ria Novosti. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  13. ^ Ordonnance Souveraine n° 5.659 du 17 décembre 2015

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