MOSCOW (Noyan Tapan)–The annual "Man of the Year – 2001" award ceremony of the Russian Biographic Institute took place in Moscow’s Metropol Hotel.
Nominations were made on the RBI magazine’s "Who’s Who" web page–after which an expert council of 50 well-known Russian citizens made the final selections.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin–his authorized representative to the Central Federal District Georgy Poltavchenko–Chairman of the Committee on the Budget and Taxes of the Russian State Duma Alexander Zhukov–and the President of the "Union of Armenia’s of Russia" All-Russian Public Organization Ara Abrahamian received the "Man of the Year" prizes in the "Politics" category. Abrahamian earned the prize for his outstanding contribution to the strengthening of civil society in Russia.
According to the UAR’s Information-Analytical Center–there are a total of 37 laureates this year. Among them are the Patriarch of All Russia Alexiy II–Russia’s Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko–film director and actor Oleg Tabakov–writer Sergey Mikhalkov–Commander-in-Chief of Russia’s Navy Admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov–Director of the Federal Border Service of Russia General Konstantin Totsky–Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia Victor Geraschenko–Chairman of the All-Russian State TV and Radio Company Oleg Dobrodeyev. Price Michael of Kent is also awarded the "Man of the Year" prize for his outstanding contribution to the development of business and cultural cooperation between Russia and Great Britain.