Vladimir Medinsky

Vladimir Medinsky
Мединский Владимир Ростиславович
Minister of Culture
Assumed office
May 21, 2012
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Preceded by Aleksander Avdeev
Personal details
Born Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinsky
(1970-07-18) July 18, 1970
Smila, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (Today Ukraine)
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Before 1991)
Independent (1991–1995)
Our Home-Russia (1995–2000)
Unity (1999–2001)
United Russia (2001–present)
Alma mater Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Profession Professor
Doctor of Sciences in politic and historic studies
Religion Russian Orthodox Christian
Website http://www.medinskiy.ru/
Vladimir Medinsky's voice
recorded December 2012

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Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinsky (Russian: Владимир Ростиславович Мединский, Ukrainian: Мединський Володимир Ростиславович) (born July 10, 1970) is a Russian political figure, publicist, professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and writer, who since May 2012 has been the Minister of Culture.[1]

He is an ethnic Ukrainian, member of the Writers Union of Russia (Союз писателей России), and member of the General Council of the United Russia party. Previously he was the head of the Committee for Cultural Affairs in the State Duma, in 2011.




Dissertations and accusation of plagiarism

The third thesis of 2011 has been widely debated in the Russian media and a large number of fragments have been shown to bear a significant resemblance to existing academic works, which caused numerous accusations of plagiarism.[4][5]

On 23 May 2014, the Dissernet community declared to have found plagiarism in two previous dissertations by Medinsky, of 1997[6] and 1999.[7] According to Dissernet's expertise, in the first thesis 87 pages out of 120 have been borrowed from the thesis of Medinsky's scientific advisor S.A.Proskurin. In the second thesis, 21 pages textually coincide with other people's works.[3][8]


Vladimir Medinsky is an Anti-Communist, very known for his perspectives about the Lenin's Mausoleum and the option to remove the Vladimir Lenin's body from the Mausoleum, and to bury it.[9][10] He similarly supports renaming the streets named after left-wing terrorists or instigators of the communist terror.


Medinskiy present his books in Ryazan, 2009


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Political offices
Preceded by
Aleksander Avdeev
Russian Minister of Culture
May 21, 2012–present
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