Mikhail Mishustin, Russia Prime Minister, Russia
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Mikhail Mishustin Early Life

Mikhail Mishustin (Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin) was born in Moscow on March 3, 1966, head of the Federal Tax Service since 2010 and has worked in government roles related to tax collection since the early days of his career, says a Reuters profile of him. He has won praise for improving tax collection processes and more than doubling tax revenues in the past decade, with 20.4 trillion roubles ($331.92 billion) collected in the first 11 months of last year. The majority of those revenues still come from taxes on the vast energy sector but an increasing share now comes from other forms of taxation after an efficiency drive.

A glowing profile of him on state-run RT.com said that the Moscow-born Mishustin worked in the computer and IT sector throughout the 90s and joined the tax service near the end of the decade, when he began his career as a civil servant. Mishustin holds a doctorate in economics and oversaw the opening of the first special economic zones in Russia and in the early 2000s was put in charge of the Federal Real Estate Cadaster Agency. In 2008, he left the civil service for an investment company but returned in a couple of years to head the nation’s tax service. Mishustin told Vedomosti newspaper in 2018 he did not seek a return to the private sector.

“But if destiny chooses a different path for me, I would work in innovations, with new technologies, in the same field as I have always worked: transformation, related to the digital economy,” Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin said.

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“(Mishustin) looks a lot like the technocratic premiers… of the early 2000s,” Tatiana Stanovaya, a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center, wrote on social media.

Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin Biography and Profile

Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin was born in Moscow on March 3, 1966. Mikhail Mishustin, trained as an engineer and has a PhD in economics, according to his official biography. He was appointed head of the tax service in 2010 after being proposed by then-finance minister Alexei Kudrin, known for his outspoken liberal stance.

He has been in the post ever since and is praised for streamlining the service formerly notorious for red tape, mountains of paperwork and long queues. After Putin proposed Mishustin, Rossiya-24 state television reported that he “created the best tax collection system in the world.” He was picked as premier to create a “more competent leadership,” Dmitri Trenin, head of the Carnegie Moscow Centre, wrote on Twitter.

Mishustin is a “neutral figure” and his candidacy cannot be linked to any “ideological platform,” political analyst Ekaterina Schulmann told AFP, adding she doubted he is being groomed as a successor to President Vladimir Putin. While Putin has criticised the internet and is rarely shown using technology, Mishustin has said Russia needs to adapt its economy, making him closer to predecessor Dmitry Medvedev, a keen user of Apple products.

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Mikhail Mishustin told the Kommersant newspaper last year that Russia needs to adapt to the era of digital technology and artificial intelligence or fall behind.

“We are entering a fourth industrial revolution, this is already a digital world,” he said.

“If we don’t understand how this world is developing and what its rules are, if we insist our country is part of the old order, this new world will make us its victim.”

Mishustin shares a sporting interest with Putin, as he “regularly plays ice hockey,” said state news agency RIA Novosti.

He is a member of the supervisory council of CSKA hockey club, along with Rosneft chief Igor Sechin and other powerful figures.

The RBK business newspaper reported in 2010 that Mishustin has “good contacts in the law enforcement structures. He has often been seen at hockey matches with senior officials from the FSB (security service) and the interior ministry.”

While much of his career has been at the tax service, he started out in the 1990s heading an organisation set up to promote international cooperation in computing.

He became deputy head of the tax service in 1998 and shortly afterwards was appointed deputy tax minister, a position he held until 2004. After that, he headed federal agencies that worked on the property and special economic zones.

From 2008 for two years he was president of UFG Asset Management, an international group that has been investing in Russia and other ex-Soviet states since 1996. Deutsche Bank set up a joint venture with the company in 2008.

Mikhail Mishustin speaks several foreign languages.

Mikhail Mishustin Education

In 1989, he graduated from Moscow’s STANKIN Machine-Instrument Institute (currently Moscow State Technological University STANKIN) with a diploma in systems engineering. In 1992, he completed his postgraduate studies there. In 2003, he defended a thesis, headlined “Mechanism of state fiscal management in Russia” and received a PhD in economics. In 2010, he received a doctoral degree in economics at the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation (currently Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration).

Mikhail Mishustin Russian Prime Minister

On January 15, 2020, Russian President Vladimir Putin nominated Russian Federal Tax Service chief Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin for the position of the Russian prime minister.

“He also knows modern technologies better than anyone else,” said Russian hockey-legend-turned-politician Vyachslav Fetisov, praising the PM candidate as “very responsible and systematic, which is very important nowadays.”

“He’s a man who has made a reputation for himself by creating a high-tech Federal Tax Service from scratch with the use of state-of-the-art technologies, the digital economy,” speaker Vyacheslav Volodin pointed out.

President Vladimir Putin proposed a shake-up of the constitution, in a shock announcement that fuelled speculation about Putin’s future plans. The resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev — a longtime Putin ally — came after the president used his annual state of the nation address to propose a package of constitutional reforms that would strengthen parliament’s role.

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Speculation has swirled about changes to Russia’s political system that would allow Putin to stay on after 2024, when he is due to step down after a fourth Kremlin term. Some have suggested he could assume a new post or remain in a powerful behind-the-scenes role. Putin quickly named Mikhail Mishustin, the low-profile head of the country’s tax service, to replace Medvedev.

“Russia has entered its period of power transition ahead of schedule,” said Tatiana Stanovaya, head of the R.Politik analysis firm.

Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin Quick Facts

  • Mikhail Mishustin speaks several foreign languages.
  • Since 1992, Mikhail Mishustin held various posts in the International Computer Club, a non-commercial organization with a goal to “attract advanced western information technologies to Russia.” Before being promoted to the post of the organization’s deputy director general in 1995, he headed a testing laboratory there. Between 1996 and 1998, Mishustin served as the organization’s board chairman.
  • In 1998, he served as an aide in charge of information systems to the head of the State Tax Service, Boris Fedorov.
  • Since August 22, 1998, Mikhail Mishustin served as deputy head of the State Tax Service under Boris Fedorov (until September 1998) and his successor Georgy Boos. On December 23, 1998, the State Tax Service was transformed into the Ministry of Taxes and Duties.
  • March 1999 and March 2004: Mishustin served as deputy minister of taxes and duties during the ministerial tenure of Georgy Boos, Alexander Pochinok (from May 1999) and Gennady Bukayev (from May 2000).
  • March 22, 2004, and December 18, 2006: Mishustin led the Federal Real Estate Cadastre Agency, re-organized in March 2009.
  • December 18, 2006, and February 29, 2008: Mikhail Mishustin headed the Federal Agency for Management of Special Economic Zones, disbanded in October 2009.
  • 2008-2010: Mikhail Mishustin was the president of UFG Capital Partners company and a managing partner of the UFG Asset Management company. He oversaw projects to set up a venture fund and real estate funds and to develop businesses in regions. During this period, Mishustin also served as the academic director of the Institute of Real Estate Economics, part of Russia’s Higher School of Economics.
  • April 6, 2010, Mikhail Mishustin appointed head of the Federal Tax Service of the Russian Federation, replacing Mikhial Mokretsov.
  • October 2013: Mikhail Mishustin served as the academic director of the Tax and Taxation Faculty at the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.
  • Mishustin is on the supervisory board of Russia’s CSKA hockey club. He is a member of the academic council of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation.
  • 2011-2018: Mikhail Mishustin was a member of the Presidential Council for Financial Market Development.
  • 2018: Mishustin declared 18.993 million rubles as his income (about $309,000 at the current exchange rate), his wife earned 47.709 million rubles (about $776,000) in the reported period.
  • Mishustin was decorated with the Order of Honor in 2012 and the Order “For Merit to the Fatherland”, fourth class in 2015.
  • Mishustin is similar to his predecessor Medvedev in embracing technology and has been widely credited with digitalizing the Russian tax system. This led to a drop in tax evasion as well as bringing many smaller businesses into the formal economy. Just last year, Mishutin told the Kommersant newspaper that Russia needed to embrace artificial intelligence and digital technology, saying “if we don’t understand how this world is developing and what its rules are, if we insist our country is part of the old order, this new world will make us its victim.”
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Sports and Hobby

Like Putin, Mishustin enjoys ice hockey and is on the boards of CSKA Moscow ice hockey club and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. A former ice hockey player-turned-lawmaker said that he is a “decent” hockey player. The PM candidate is said to compose music and plays the piano.

Mikhail Mishustin Family

Mikhail Vladimirovich Mishustin is married, has three sons and plays hockey as a hobby.

Mikhail Mishustin Net Worth

Forbes estimates that Mishustin earned some 78 million rubles, or over $2 million dollars, in 2009.

Mikhail Mishustin Biography and Profile

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