Igor Yevgeniyevich Levitin (Russian: Игорь Евгеньевич Левитин) ( 21 February 1952, Tsebrykovo, Odessa Oblast) is a Russian political figure, Aide to the President of the Russian Federation since September 2013, and Class 1 Active State Advisor of the Russian Federation (2013). He previously served as the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation (from 9 March 2004 until 21 May 2012). He is the Chairman of Supervisory Board of the Table Tennis Federation of Russia. He is also a member of the President Advisory Council at the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
Life and career
In 1970, at the age of 18, he was called up for military service. In 1973, he graduated from Mikhail Frunze Leningrad Command College of Railroad Troops and Military Communications. He began his service as Assistant Military Commandant in Odessa military command region at Transnistrian Railway. Between 1976 and 1980 he served in Southern Group of Soviet Armed Forces in Budapest. In 1983, he graduated from Military Academy of Rearward and Transportation having been trained as a railway engineer. From 1983 to 1985 he served as Military Commandant of a railway district and Urgal station at Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM). He participated in the laying of the Golden Link. From 1985 to 1994 he served in the military communication bodies at Moscow railway as a railway district Military Commandant and later as a Deputy Head of Moscow Military Railway Communications Service. His rank is colonel in reserve.
Business career (1994-2004)
In 1994, Igor Levitin changed his occupation to join Financial and Industrial Company of Railway Transport where in 1995 he was appointed Vice President. In 1996, he joined Severstaltrans (a subsidiary of Severstal Group), which was founded as one of the first private competitors to Russian Railways. In the company, Levitin was responsible, among all, for transport machine building and railway transportation. After two years of service, he became Deputy Chief Executive Officer. During the same period, he was a member of the Public Council at the Government Commission of Russian Federation on the reform of railway transport. He was actively participating in research of cargo routing.
Career in the Russian government (2004-2012)
On March 9, 2004, Levitin was appointed Minister of Transport and Communications in Mikhail Fradkov’s Cabinet. In May 2004, Ministry of Transport and Communications was split into two: Ministry of Transport (headed by Igor Levitin) and Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (headed by Leonid Reiman). In Viktor Zubkov’s government formed on September 14, 2007 Levitin remained in the same post. He continued his service as Minister of Transport in the next Cabinet (formed on May 12, 2008).
Upon assuming his office, Levitin reduced the central apparatus of the Ministry by over 20% following the decree on state personnel reduction issued by the state leadership. About two thousand officials were dismissed across regional and local bodies, while the Ministry apparatus faced a fourfold reduction.
On October 3, 2005 in Brussels, Igor Levitin and EU Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot signed a joint agreement, which determined the general principles, goals, and structure of the Russia – EU dialogue in the area of transport and infrastructure. In early 2007, Levitin as Chairman of an Intergovernmental Commission negotiated the cooperation with Latvia. As a result, in spring 2007 Russia and Latvia finally signed the border agreement, which had long been a controversial issue. In December 2007, Levitin and Foreign Minister of Lithuania Petras Vaitiekūnas signed an agreement on navigation in Curonian Lagoon as well as inland waterways of Kaliningrad Oblast. According to the document, authorisation-based rules for foreign navigation in the Russian waters were cancelled. The Russian ships received in these waters equal rights with the Lithuanian vessels.
Levitin met with Serik Akhmetov, on October 25, 2006. Akhmetov proposed building a transport corridor using preexisting roads from southern Kazakhstan through Kazan and Orenburg to St. Petersburg. Levitin said the Russian Government would consider the proposal, but that it wanted the corridor to go through Chelyabinsk. They also discussed the "transit of planes from Asia to Europe" and transportation through the Caspian Sea. Levitin made a trip to Aqtau to further discuss sea transportation. On November 9 Akhmetov and Levitin met in Aqtau and signed an agreement that created a train and ferry link between Aqtau and Makhachkala ports. The first ferry carried 52 freight cars of grain and oil products on November 10.
In late October 2008, Levitin was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at Aeroflot, one of the biggest Russian carriers. He was also a member the Public Council at the Government Commission on the reform of railway transport.
Levitin was not part of Dmitry Mdevedev's Cabinet formed on May 21, 2012.
Government career from 2012 to present
Between March and June 2012, he served as Interim Head of Maritime Collegium of the Russian Federation. From May 22, 2012 to September 2, 2013 he was Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. On 2 September 2013 he was appointed Aide to the President. In August 2012 he became a member of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation on the development of physical culture and sport. On 25 September 2013 he became Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council of the Russian Federation on the development of physical culture and sport.
Following a decree (3 September 2012) by the Administration of the President of Russian Federation he was appointed Secretary of State Council of the Russian Federation. On October 17, 2013 Levitin became a member of Presidential Economic Council of the Russian Federation.
Media have pointed out active development of table tennis in Russia since Igor Levitin joined The Table Tennis Federation of Russia (TTFR). In particular, a lot of efforts have been focused on participation in the activities of the International and Continental Federations. As a result, in 2007 Russia hosted Table Tennis World Cup in Saint Petersburg. In May 2014, he was elected Vice President of the Russian Olympic Committee. In October 2014, Levitin became a member of Supervisory Council on hosting 2018 Football World Cup. Upon Levitin’s initiative, since 2015 Russia has celebrated the World Table Tennis Day.
In 2006-2008 Levitin was- President of the The Table Tennis Federation of Russia (TTFR). Since 2008 he became Chair of the Board of Trustees of the TTFR. Igor Levitin engaged Russia – on many occasions as a host country – in a number of competitions, including ITTF World Tour since 2006; World Cup 2009; European Super Cup; European Championships (2008 and 2015);World Team Cup. He is preparing to host 2017 European Under 21 Championship in Sochi. Also preparing the Bid to host 2020 World Team Cup in Yekaterinburg. With support of Igor Levitin table tennis centres have been created in several cities of Russia, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg (Olympic training centre for Russian national teams and Tatiana Ferdman’s Table Tennis School, Kazan, Sorochinsk, Orenburg, the Chuvash Republic, etc. A number of ETTU and ITTF tennis tournaments were held there and presently these centres serve as training platforms for the youth of the reserve national teams and host joint get-togethers with foreign teams.
Igor Levitin has drastically improved the funding of Russia’s national teams. Procedures of rehabilitation and training have been set, which involve high profile physicians, psychologists, massage therapists, and foreign specialists. Under Igor Levitin, the Board of Trustees organises regular seminars and workshops for coaches and referees in various regions of Russia. Foreign speakers have often been invited, including Richard Prause, Ferenc Korsai, Dubravko Skoric, etc.
With support of Igor Levitin Team Cup of Russia became one of the strongest competitions not only in Europe, but at the world level. Russian clubs are proud to be attended by Vladimir Samsonov (Belarus), Dimitrij Ovtcharov (Germany), Jun Mizutani (Japan), etc.
With the support of the Referee Committee of the Federation Igor Levitin is improving the rules and the system of running the competition in table tennis. The initiatives are tested on the system of running the competition in Russia.
Honours and awards
- Jubilee Medal "60 Years of the Armed Forces of the USSR" (1978)
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland 3rd class (15 February 2012)
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland 4th class (20 September 2009)
- Medal "For the Development of Railways" (9 January 2008)
- Order of Holy Prince Daniel of Moscow 1st class (22 February 2012)
- Order of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh 1st class (18 July 2014)
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- Kazakhstan wants to build road from south to St Petersburg. ExKz
- New Kazakh-Russian Transport Route Opened RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
- Игорь Левитин стал советником президента
- Presidential Council of the Russian Federation
- Presidential Council of the Russian Federation on the development of physical culture and sport
- State Council of the Russian Federation
- Presidential Economic Council
- Календарь спортивного болельщика на 2008 год
- ROC executive committee (elected May 29, 2014)
- [Presidential Decree on February 15, 2012 № 189 «On awarding the Order For Merit to the Fatherland III degree Levitin IE"
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- Presidential Decree of 20 September 2009 № 1058 «On awarding the Order For Merit to the Fatherland IV degree Levitin IE
- Presidential Decree of January 9, 2008 № 18