Dmitry Rogozin


Dmitry Rogozin
Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin
Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to NATO
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Konstantin Totsky
Personal details
Born December 21, 1963 (1963-12-21) (age 47)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Spouse(s) Tatiana Gennadievna Rogozina
Children Alexey (1983)
Religion Russian Orthodox
Website http://www.rogozin.ru/

Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin (Russian: Дми́трий Оле́гович Рого́зин; born 21 December 1963) is a well-known Russian diplomat and popular politician, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Russia. In January, 2008, he became Russia's ambassador to NATO.[1] He was a leader of the Rodina (Motherland) party until it merged with other similar Russian parties to form the Fair Russia party.[2] He speaks 4 languages and holds a doctor's degree.

On 18 February 2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev appointed Dmitry Rogozin as a Special Representative on anti-missile defence and negotions with NATO countries on this issue.

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Biography

Dmitry Rogozin was born in Moscow in a family of a famous Soviet military scientist. He graduated from Moscow State University in 1986 with a degree in journalism and in 1988 graduated with another degree in economics. In 1996 he also got a PhD in philosophy.

In 1993 Dmitry 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 - 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'.[3] Rogozin was elected to the State Duma as a deputy from Voronezh city in 1997 and became a vocal activist for protection of rights of ethnic Russians in former Soviet Union republics.

Rogozin was re-elected to Russian State Duma in 1999 and subsequently 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 Russian president to deal with Kaliningrad problems that have arosen due to Baltic states joining the European Union. For this work Dmitry Rogozin received an official letter of gratitude from Russian president Vladimir Putin.

In 2003 Dmitry 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, propelling Rogozin briefly to the post of Russian Duma's vice-speaker, from which he was dismissed a year and a half later as a result of some elaborate inter-faction 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 kept 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 President Vladimir Putin. Rogozin soon ousted Glazyev to become the party's sole leader.

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 the Moscow City Duma for using what was considered as chauvinist slogan 'Let's clean the Garbage!'.[4] Many analysts believe it was made illegally to prevent Dmitry Rogozin becoming a candidate at 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 was appeared to resign as party leader. Rogozin left Rodina following its merger with the Russian Party of Life and the Pensioners' Party into Fair Russia. As of November 2006 he has been 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 it may consider supporting the candidacy of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for the Presidency of Russia in 2008, a move which was unconstitutional because Lukashenko is not a Russian citizen. Because Russian authorities had not registered Great Russia, the party could not contest 2007's Russian State Duma election.

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 that: "They will not invite these bankrupt scandalous regimes to join NATO...more so as important partnerships with Russia are at stake.".[5] For such words he was criticized by some Ukrainian and Georgian officials. Former Ukraine’s 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”.[6] The Foreign Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Ohryzko stated that he did not regard the statement as serious.[6]

During his work in Brussels he has managed to establish effective cooperation between NATO and Russia. Currently NATO considers Russia as one of its main priorities and the most important partner.

Writings

His political autobiography Enemy of the People[7] became a best-seller in Russia.

His other book - War and Peace in Terms and Descriptions - was named the best book of 2004 in Russia.[8]

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