Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov

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Sergei Lavrov (2014)
Sergei Lavrov (right) together with his US counterpart John Kerry (left) at the Munich Security Conference in 2014

Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov ( Russian Сергей Викторович Лавров , scientific transliteration Sergej Viktorovič Lavrov ; born March  21, 1950 in Moscow ) is a Russian diplomat and since March 2004 the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation .

Education and career as a diplomat

Sergei Lavrov attended Moscow School No. 607, where physics was one of his favorite subjects and where he graduated with a silver medal in English as a major .

In 1972 Lavrov graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and was sent to the Embassy in Sri Lanka as a diplomat of the Soviet Union . From 1976 to 1981 Lavrov worked in the Department of International Organizations in the Soviet Foreign Ministry.

From 1981 to 1988 he was sent to the Delegation of the Permanent Mission of the Soviet Union to the United Nations in New York, where he held the offices of First Secretary, Counselor and Counselor.

From 1988 to 1990 he was Deputy Head of the Department for International Economic Relations at the Soviet Foreign Ministry. From 1990 to 1992 he worked as the director of the Department for International Organizations and Global Problems of the Russian Foreign Ministry .

From 1992 to 1994 Lavrov was Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister.

In 1994 Lavrov returned to the UN in New York as the permanent representative of Russia.

Before the Russian presidential elections in 2004 , Lavrov was withdrawn from the post of ambassador to the United Nations in the course of the reorganization of the Russian government and on March 9, 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed him to the cabinet of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov as Foreign Minister . Lavrov succeeded Igor Ivanov , who moved to the post of Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation .

In addition to his mother tongue Russian, Lavrov speaks English (fluent), French (not fluent), Sinhala and Dhivehi , the official language of the Maldives .


Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov at the award ceremony in the Kremlin in May 2015.

Sergei Lavrov is the holder of the following titles and orders:

Family and personal life

The official biography of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs only states that he was born in 1950 and is Russian. According to other sources, he was born the son of an Armenian named Kalantarov / Kalantaryan from Tbilisi and a Russian woman from Moscow. His mother was employed by the Foreign Trade Ministry of the Soviet Union. In February 2005, Lavrov is said to have mentioned his hometown Tbilisi in Georgia and his Armenian roots to students from the Slavic University in Yerevan .

Sergei Lavrov is married to Maria Alexandrovna Lavrova. They have a daughter and two grandchildren.

Sergei Lavrov is a Russian Orthodox believer and an honorary member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society , which organizes pilgrimages to the Holy Land and works with the peoples of the Middle East on humanitarian grounds.

Sergei Lavrov writes poetry, sings and plays the guitar. In his spare time he likes to play soccer.

Lavrov is a heavy smoker. In autumn 2003 he protested against the decision of the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan , which had the smoking ban in the UN headquarters as the subject.

Undiplomatic appearances

In a telephone conversation with Great Britain's Foreign Minister David Miliband in September 2008, a few weeks after the August war , Lavrov reportedly asked his counterparts to lecture me with the words "Who the fuck are you to lecture me?" ) have insulted. A day later, Lavrov put his statement into perspective at a press conference in Sukhumi : “Miliband repeatedly tried to praise Saakashvili as a great diplomat. I only quoted a quote from one of my European colleagues about Saakashvili and did not use swear words myself. "

In August 2015 Lavrov made another foul expression when he cursed the “fools” present at a press conference with the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia in Moscow. However, it was unclear who exactly he meant by that.

During the inaugural visit of the new German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas , he called for more honesty . Lavrov's statements at this meeting, however, testified, according to the NZZ, of a “shocking historical oblivion”.

Lisa case

Lavrov intervened personally in the affair surrounding the alleged rape of a Russian-German girl from Berlin by refugees in January 2016 and accused the German investigative authorities of deliberately covering up the matter when investigating the case: "I hope that these migration problems don't lead to an attempt, reality to paint over politically correct for some domestic political reasons. ”The German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier then sharply criticized his Russian counterpart and warned against using the untruthful reports for“ political propaganda ”.

See also

Web links

Commons : Sergei Lavrov  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Лавров, Сергей ( ru ) Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  2. Министр Сергей Лавров ( ru ) November 18, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  3. Sergei Lavrov: “Germans and Russians must not become alienated” . Russia Beyond the Headlines (German edition of May 6, 2015, page 3). Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  4. Лавров, Сергей ( ru ) Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  5. The Sphinx in the Ice-Cold Air of the Kremlin , Die Welt, May 4, 2014
  6. Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of March 17, 2020 N 186 “On Awarding the Title 'Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation” ” (Russian)
  7. ^ Order of the Republike Srpske za Sergeja Lavrova. Retrieved June 12, 2020 (Serbo-Croatian).
  8. Министр иностранных дел Российской Федерации Сергей Лавров стал кавалером казахстанского орденжа "Дрденжа". Retrieved June 12, 2020 .
  9. Национальный правовой Интернет-портал Республики Беларусь. Retrieved June 12, 2020 .
  10. Лавров Сергей Викторович. Retrieved June 12, 2020 .
  11. Шанцева наградят орденом Дружбы Лаосской Народно-Демократической Республики. Retrieved June 12, 2020 (Russian).
  12. a b Путин наградил Лаврова орденом "За заслуги перед Отечеством". March 23, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015 (Russian).
  13. ЛАВРОВ СЕРГЕЙ ВИКТОРОВИЧ ( in Russian ) Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  14. ^ Thomas de Waal: The Caucasus: An Introduction . Oxford University Press. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  15. Kate Lyons: Cher, Kim Kardashian and Andre Agassi: Armenia's A-list diaspora . The Guardian. April 22, 2015. Accessed November 28, 2015.
  16. Лавров Сергей Викторович: "Не падать и идти упрямо к цели!" ( ru ) March 21, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  17. Сергей Калантарян родился в Москве в семье уроженца Тбилиси в 1950 году. ( Russian ) March 15, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  18. ^ "Actually, I have some Georgian roots, because by father was from Tbilisi; but I do have Armenian blood.": Yulia Petróvskaya: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a changing world . October 17, 2013. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  19. Fridon Dotschija: Армяно-тбилисские корни Сергея Лаврова . January 20, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  20. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's live radio interview with Sputnik, Ekho Moskvy and Govorit Moskv ( Memento of December 8, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) website of the Russian Foreign Ministry, April 22, 2015
  21. ^ Sergei Lavrov with guitar
  22. Лавров рассказал, что в свободное время играет в футбол. October 23, 2019, accessed June 11, 2020 (Russian).
  23. Nils Kreimeier: Lavrov, heavy smoker with a sharp tongue . March 9, 2004. Archived from the original on January 14, 2012. Retrieved on November 28, 2015.
  24. Sergej Lavrov in the Munzinger Archive , accessed on February 12, 2015 ( beginning of the article freely available)
  25. Сергей Лавров. Retrieved November 5, 2017 (Russian).
  26. FOCUS Online: Russian foreign minister allows himself to be cursed at a press conference - video . In: FOCUS Online . ( [accessed on November 5, 2017]).
  27. Inaugural visit in a cool atmosphere - Germany's Foreign Minister Maas calls for more honesty in Moscow , NZZ, May 11, 2018
  28. ^ Berlin: Steinmeier puts Lavrov in his place . In: The time . January 27, 2016, ISSN  0044-2070 ( [accessed November 14, 2017]).