Leonid V. Drachevsky
In 1966 – graduated from Moscow Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology. 1968 – participated in the Olympic Games in Mexico City, Mexico. 1969-1977 – senior, chief coach of the USSR national rowing team. 1982 – graduated from the Central State Institute of Physical Culture. 1986 – graduated from the Higher Party School. the Russian Soviet Federal Socialist Republic (RSFSR) Committee for Physical Culture and Sports. 1990-1991 – First Deputy Chairman of the RSFSR State Committee for Physical Culture and Sports. 1992-1993 – Consul General of the Russian Federation in Barcelona, Spain. 1993-1996 – Head of Administration, Chief of Directorate for CIS Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.
1998-1999 – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, responsible for CIS affairs. 1999-2000 - Minister of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Affairs of the Russian Federation in the governments headed by Sergey Stepashin, Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Kasyanov. While in this position, Mr. Drachevsky brought over 500 local laws in line with the federal laws. 2004-2008 – Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of RAO UES of Russia. 2008-2011 – President of the Russian Rowing Federation.
2010-present - Executive Director of the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. Chairman of the Russian part of the Russian-Chinese Committee of Friendship, Peace and Development (since 2002). Co-Chairman (jointly with Mr. Zanussi) of the Russian-Polish Public Forum. World-class athlete. Honored USSR rowing coach, who coached Olympic champions. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (1996) Active State Advisor of the Russian Federation of the 1st class (2000).
Recipient of government awards: Order For Merit to the Fatherland of 4th class (2004) for significant contribution to strengthening of Russian nationhood and long-term dedicated work; Commander of Order For Merit to the Republic of Poland; St. Albert’s medal and prize (Polish Catholic Church, 2003) Order of Honor (2002) for significant contribution to strengthening of Russian nationhood and long-term dedicated work; Order of Friendship (2008) for significant contribution to preparation and organization of the Year of Russia in China and the Year of China in Russia.