Igor Ivanov

Igor Sergeyevich Ivanov (Russian Игорь Сергеевич Иванов, scientific transliteration Igor Ivanov Sergeevič; born September 23, 1945 in Moscow ) is a Russian politician. He is a diplomat and was on 9 March 2004 to July 17, 2007 Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.

Ivanov is the son of a Russian father and a Georgian mother. He was a cadet of the Suvorov Military School in Moscow. In 1969, he completed a study of the Spanish and English language at the Moscow Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages ​​. After that, he was a research associate at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations of the Soviet Academy of Sciences ( IMEMO ).

In 1973 he entered the diplomatic service of the Soviet Union, went to the Commercial Section of the Russian Embassy in Spain. In 1983 he moved as a consultant, later Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow. In 1991 he was Russian ambassador to Madrid. In 1994, Ivanov the Office of the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 11 September 1998 to March 8, 2004 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Ivanov called for a realistic and pragmatic Russian foreign policy that is based on the economic and political strengthening of Russia. He rejects foreign policy adventures. Ivanov opposed the NATO operation in Yugoslavia, called Russia's participation in the peace mission an error. Even the Third Gulf War against Iraq, he refused. In November 2003, Ivanov mediated during the Rose Revolution in Georgia between the opposition and President Eduard Shevardnadze. In May 2004, he mediated the change of power in Ajara and achieved the resignation of Aslan Abashidze adjarian ruler.

Ivanov speaks English, Spanish and Georgian. He is married and has one daughter. During the time of his diplomatic activity in Spain, he liked to go to bullfights.


  • The new Russian diplomacy: Review and visions. Ullsteinhaus paperback publishing house, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-548-75090-7