Igor Ivanov

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Igor Ivanov
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Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation
In office
President Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Vladimir Rushailo
Succeeded by Valentin Sobolev
Foreign Minister of Russia
In office
President Boris Yeltsin
Vladimir Putin
Preceded by Yevgeny Primakov
Succeeded by Sergey Lavrov
Personal details
Born (1945-09-23) September 23, 1945 (age 76)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Alma mater Moscow State Linguistic University

Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov[1] (born September 23, 1945) is a Russian politician who was Foreign Minister of Russia from 1998 to 2004.

Early life

Ivanov was born in 1945 in Moscow to a Russian father and a Georgian mother (Elena Sagirashvili).[2] In 1969 he graduated at the Maurice Thorez Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages (Moscow State Linguistic University). He joined the Soviet Foreign Ministry in 1973 and spent a decade in Spain. He returned to the Soviet Union in 1983. In 1991 he became the ambassador in Madrid.

Minister of Foreign Affairs

He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on September 11, 1998. As Russian foreign minister, Ivanov was an opponent of NATO's action in Yugoslavia. He was also an opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Ivanov played a key role in mediating a deal between Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze and opposition parties during Georgia's "Rose Revolution" in 2003.


Ivanov was succeeded to the post of foreign minister by Sergey Lavrov in 2004, and appointed by President Vladimir Putin to the post of Secretary of the Security Council.

On July 9, 2007 he submitted his resignation.[3] On July 18, President Putin accepted Ivanov's resignation and appointed Valentin Sobolev as acting secretary, followed shortly by the appointment of Sergey Lavrov as foreign minister.

Ivanov is professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), member of the Supervisory Council of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe and member of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation.

In 2011 Ivanov became a member of the advisory council of The Hague Institute for Global Justice and as of 2000 works for The Moscow Times.[4]

Honours and awards


  1. Russian: И́горь Серге́евич Ивано́в.
  2. Foreign Policy Bulletin (2000), 11 : pp 41-94, Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2000
  3. Andrew E. Kramer (July 10, 2007). "Russia: Security Council Official Resigns". The New York Times. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Igor Ivanov". The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>