Top Wealthiest at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Daughter in America and a modest incomes
In July 2017, the US Congress passed a bill strengthening anti-Russian sanctions. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described it as "Russophobia" and "threat" to international business and said “as of August 2017, they need to vacate the residence of the US embassy and their dacha in Serebryany Bor in the Moscow region. Starting September 1, 755 employees of the US diplomatic mission will be expelled from the country.”
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has mixed feelings about America, as his daughter, Ekaterina Vinokurova, resides in NY where she was born and grew up. She has lived in the US for 17 years.
Catherine graduated from Columbia University with a degree in political science and then studied another year at the London School of Economics.
After that, she returned to Russia, where she has lived for the last ten years. Now Ekaterina Vinokurova works with the company Smart Art, which promotes Russian artists.
"I never concealed who my father is. And everyone who knows me knows that in my life few people helped me. Of course, the main help was the education that was given to me, " Catherine told Marie Claire magazine in a February interview.
Apparently, Minister Sergei Lavrov, isn’t given much help either his annual income is lower than that of his subordinates. In 2016, he earned 6.8 million rubles, in 2015, 7.6 million rubles. His wife Maria also drew a small income last year of 584,000 rubles.
Sergei Lavrov owns a land plot (2,845 sq. m.) and a garage (17.7 sq. m.). Together with his wife they own a house (499 sq. m.), an apartment (247.3 sq. m.) and a garage (100 sq. m.). Only the minister's wife owns a car, a Kia Ceed.
Another public character of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is Maria Zakharova. Despite the fact that she is the director of the Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - that is, she holds a leading position, she has not published her income declaration, like other department heads.
The richest person at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the rector of Moscow State Institute of International Relations Anatoly Torkunov. He earned 31.8 million rubles, according to his declaration for 2016. Earlier, his income amounted to 24.4 million rubles. His wife Irina’s income was greater than a lot of other of the agency's employees; in 2016 she earned 15.6 million rubles, in 2015, 13.6 million rubles.
Irina Torkunova is a musician, piano teacher and author of "Russian faience and porcelain. The Empire of Kuznetsov and Konakovo." In early 2016, the All-Russian Museum of Decorative, Applied and Folk Art hosted an exhibition of her collection of Russian porcelain.
According to the data for 2016, Torkunov owns a land plot (8900 sq. m.), a holiday home (139.40 sq. m.), two apartments (84.1 sq. m. And 58.4 sq. m.), a garage (72 sq. m.) And a car parking spot (21.3 sq. m.). His wife Irina owns two plots of land (4217 sq. m. and 1500 sq. m.), two dwelling houses (364.7 sq. m. and 168.70 sq. m.), two apartments (137 sq. m. and 61.3 sq. m.). M), a garage (154.9 sq. m.) and two parking spaces (17.1 sq.m. and 11.2 sq.m.). Irene Torkunov owns a BMW 116.
In second place was the general director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Vyazalov, who earned 16.5 million rubles in 2016, which was almost the same amount he declared in 2015. The income of his spouse was 3 million rubles.
Since 2011, Sergei Vyazalov has served as vice-governor of St. Petersburg and oversaw the financial and economic block. He became the general director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. After the appointment, he said: in addition to the main functions, he considers it important to promote Russian business abroad and protect our foreign property from foreign claims.
Vyazalov owns three apartments (206.5 sq. m, 185.3 sq. m. And 145.8 sq. m.), a garage (19 sq. m.) and a parking spot (15 sq. m.). His spouse owns a land plot (897 sq. m.), a summer residence (4181 sq. m.), an apartment (99.2 sq. m.), an apartment (108.9 sq. m.) and a parking space (14.8 sq. m.) and a household block appears in the declaration without specifics of the area. Sergei Vyazalov owns a Mercedes-Benz E-200 and his wife an Audi Q5.
Deputy minister Anatoly Antonov owns three minivans. Three years in a row, he has declared an annual income of 11.4 million rubles (in 2015 - 11.8 million rubles). He owns only an apartment (86.2 sq.m.) and two parking spaces (15.7 sq.m. and 15.6 sq.m.).
In fourth, Deputy Minister for Countering Terrorism Oleg Syromolotov, who declared an annual income of 9.7 million rubles (in 2015, 5.6 million rubles). His wife declared 316 thousand rubles.
Syromolotov owns two vast land plots (3,200 sq. m. and 3,000 sq. m.) and a garage (90.6 sq. m.). Together with his wife, they own two residential houses (193.8 sq. m. And 172.3 sq. m.) and an apartment (166.1 sq. m.). His wife owns another apartment (70.6 sq. m.) and a garage (13 sq. m.). Oleg Syromolotov owns a Toyota Lexus LX 570.
Deputy Minister Gennady Gatilov with an income of 9.3 million rubles ranked fifth in the ranking. In 2015, the official declared 8.5 million rubles. His spouse declared 188 thousand rubles and in 2015, 167 thousand rubles.
The official owns a land plot (600 sq. m.), a dacha (140 sq. m.) and a garage (20 sq. m.). His wife only owns an apartment (72 sq. m.).