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Russian Elite As Russians Saw It in 2006

Rank in 2006 (in 2005) Person Occupation Percentage of those polled who consider the person to be part of the Russian elite in 2006* (in 2005)
1 (1) Vladimir Putin Russian President 65.20 (60)
2 (2) Alla Pugacheva Singer, member of the Russian Public Chamber 26.10 (27.4)
3 (75-82) Dmitry Medvedev Russian First Deputy Prime Minister 17.04 (1.29)
4 (8) Sergey Ivanov Russian Defense Minister, Russian Deputy Prime Minister 16.23 (10.9)
5 (6) Zhirinovsky Vladimir Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker, chairman of the Russian Liberal Democratic Party 14.08 (11.3)
6 (24) Mikhail Fradkov Russian Prime Minister 13.27 (3.87)
7-8 (11-12) Valentina Matvienko St. Petersburg Governor 11.66 (7.54)
7-8 (5) Sergey Shoigu Russian Emergency Situations Minister 11.66 (13.2)
9 (7) Iosif Kobzon Singer, businessman, Russian State Duma deputy 8.97 (11.2)
10 (13) Boris Gryzlov Russian State Duma speaker 8.52 (7.24)
11 (4) Yury Luzhkov Moscow Mayor 8.43 (15)
12 (3) Nikita Mikhalkov Film director 6.64 (16.1)
13 (10) Roman Abramovich Chukotka Autonomous Area Governor, businessman 6.28 (8.03)
14 (11-12) Filipp Kirkorov Singer 6.10 (7.54)
15 (17) Aman Tuleev Kemerovo Region Governor 5.74 (5.55)
16 (22) Gennady Zyuganov Chairperson of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Party 5.38 (4.36)
17 (34) Andrey Malakhov TV anchor 5.20 (3.07)
18 (35-36) Ksenia Sobchak TV anchor 5.11 (2.98)
19 (14) Vladimir Pozner TV anchor, Russian Television Academy President 4.75 (7.04)
20 (20) Fyodor Bondarchuk Film director, actor 4.66 (4.66)
21-23 (65-67) Sergey Mironov Russian Federation Council Speaker 4.39 (1.49)
21-23 (113-126) Evgeny Plyushchenko Athlete 4.39 (0.69)
21-23 (25-27) Anatoly Chubais Chairperson of the board of RAO UES of Russia 4.39 (3.67)
24 (29-31) Nikolay Baskov Signer 4.22 (3.37)
25 (9) Alexiy II Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia 4.04 (8.23)
26 (41-43) Mikhail Zadornov Comedian 3.77 (2.48)
27 (16) Leonid Roshal Director of the Moscow Emergency Surgery Research Center, member of the Public Chamber 3.68 (6.15)
28 (54-57) Vladislav Tretyak Russian Ice-Hockey Federation President, Russian State Duma deputy 3.59 (1.79)
29 (18) Evgeny Petrosyan Comedian 3.41 (5.16)
30 (29-31) Maxim Galkin Comedian, TV anchor 3.32 (3.37)
31 (99-104) Grigory Yavlinsky Chairperson of the Yabloko Russian United Democratic Party 2.96 (0.89)
32-34 (45-46) Larisa Dolina Singer 2.87 (2.28)
32-34 (32-33) Irina Khakamada Chairperson of the Our Choice Russian Democratic Party 2.87 (3.17)
32-34 (25-27) Leonid Yakubovich TV anchor 2.87 (3.57)
35-36 (38-39) Pavel Bure Russian Ice-hockey Olympic team General Manager 2.69 (2.78)
35-36 (38-39) Irina Rodnina Chairperson at the Athletic Russia voluntary association, member of the Russian Public Chamber 2.69 (2.78)
37-40 (41-43) Igor Krutoy Composer, music producer 2.60 (2.48)
37-40 (23) Lev Leshchenko Singer 2.60 (4.17)
37-40 (127-146) Alexander Maslyakov TV anchor 2.60 (0.6)
37-40 (50-53) Vyacheslav Fetisov Chairperson of the Federal Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism Agency 2.60 (1.88)
41-42 (25-27) Oleg Gazmanov Singer 2.42 (3.57)
41-42 (47-48) Maria Sharapova Athlete 2.42 (2.08)
43 (41-43) Boris Yeltsin Former Russian President 2.33 (2.48)
44 (58-62) Boris Berezovsky Political émigré 2.24 (1. 69)
45 (147-161) Dmitry (Viktor) Bilan Singer 2.15 (0.5)
46 (127-146) Mintimer Shaimiev Tatarstan President 2.06 (0.6)
47-49 (105-112) Nadezhda Babkina Singer, music producer 1.97 (0.79)
47-49 (87-91) Alexandra Pakhmutova Composer 1.97 (1.09)
47-49 (105-112) Vladimir Potanin President of the Interros holding company, member of the Russian Public Chamber 1.97 (0.79)
50 (68-74) Mstislav Rostropovich Musician 1.79 (1.39)
51 (65-67) Sergey Sobyanin Chief of the Russian presidential administration 1.70 (1.49)
52-54 (–) Alexander Abramov President of Evrazholding 1.61 (–)
52-54 (–) Irina Slutskaya Athlete 1.61 (–)
52-54 (32-33) Mikhail Khodorkovsky Prisoner 1.61 (3.17)
55 (50-53) Leontyev** 1.52 (1.88)
56-57 (35-36) Alina Kabaeva Athlete, member of the Public Chamber 1.43 (2.98)
56-57 (50-53) Vladimir Solovyev TV anchor 1.43 (1.88)
58-62 (37) Sergey Bezrukov Actor 1.35 (2.88)
58-62 (–) Valeria (Alla Perfilova) Singer 1.35 (–)
58-62 (68-74) Edita Pyekha Singer 1.35 (1.39)
58-62 (–) Oleg Romantsev Coach and consultant of Nika FC 1.35 (–)
58-62 (68-74) Vladimir Spivakov Art director of the Virtuosos of Moscow Orchestra, president of Moscow International House of Music 1.35 (1.39)
63-64 (75-82) Lyudmila Zykina Singer 1.26 (1.29)
63-64 (127-146) Nadezhda Kadysheva Singer 1.26 (0.6)
65-73 (147-161) Ekaterina Andreeva TV anchor 1.17 (0.5)
65-73 (45-46) Vladimir Vinokur Comedian 1.17 (2.28)
65-73 (147-161) Galina Vishnevskaya Singer 1.17 (0.5)
65-73 (50-53) Sergey Glazyev Deputy of the Russian State Duma, chairperson of the For Worthy Life party 1.17 (1.88)
65-73 (99-104) Alexey Nemov Athlete 1.17 (0.89)
65-73 (19) Maya Plisetskaya Ballerina 1.17 (4.86)
65-73 (40) Dmitry Rogozin Deputy chairperson of the Russian State Duma 1.17 (2.68)
65-73 (28) Alexander Solzhenitsyn Writer and Nobel prize laureate 1.17 (3.47)
65-73 (113-126) Valentina Tolkunova Singer 1.17 (0.69)
74-82 (87-91) Alexander Abdulov Actor 1.08 (1.09)
74-82 (127-146) Mikhail Zhvanetsky Comedian 1.08 (0.6)
74-82 (–) Anastasia Zavorotnyuk Actress 1.08 (–)
74-82 (127-146) Vyacheslav Zaitsev Fashion designer 1.08 (0.6)
74-82 (113-126) Lolita (Milyavskaya) Singer 1.08 (0.69)
74-82 (87-91) Alexander Rosenbaum Singer 1.08 (1.09)
74-82 (99-104) Eduard Rossel Sverdlovsk Region Governor 1.08 (0.89)
74-82 (58-62) Oleg Tabakov Actor and art director of the Moscow Art Theater 1.08 (1.69)
74-82 (105-112) Kostya Tszyu Athlete 1.08 (0.89)
83-86 (75-82) Anastasia Volochkova Ballerina 0.99 (1.29)
83-86 (15) Lyudmila Gurchenko Actress 0.99 (6.94)
83-86 (87-91) Marat Safin Athlete 0.99 (1.09)
83-86 (113-126) Svetlana Khorkina Athlete 0.99 (0.69)
87-91 (83-86) Mikhail Boyarsky Actor 0.9 (1.19)
87-91 (44) Stanislav Govorukhin Film director and deputy at the Russian State Duma 0.9 (2.38)
87-91 (147-161) Mikhail Zurabov Russian Health and Social Development Minister 0.9 (0.5)
87-91 (68-74) Mikhail Kasyanov Chairperson of the People’s Democratic Union 0.9 (1.39)
87-91 (–) Valentin Yudashkin Fashion designer 0.9 (–)
92-99 (58-62) German Gref Russian Economic Development and Trade Minister 0.81 (1.62)
92-99 (63-64) Boris Gromov Moscow Region Governor 0.81 (1.59)
92-99 (68-74) Kirill Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad 0.81 (1.39)
92-99 (21) Nonna Mordyukova (Noyabrina) Actress 0.81 (4.56)
92-99 (–) Tatyana Navka Athlete 0.81 (–)
92-99 (–) Elena Stepanenko Comedian 0.81 (–)
92-99 (113-126) Alexander Tkachev Krasnodar Territory Region Governor 0.81 (0.69)
92-99 (147-161) Gennady Khazanov Comedian 0.81 (0.5)
100-107 (–) Ilya Averbukh Athlete 0.72 (–)
100-107 (75-82) Mikhail Gorbachev Former Soviet president 0.72 (1.29)
100-107 (75-82) Garry Kasparov Chess player, chairperson of Committee 2008 – Free Choice and the United Civil Front movement 0.72 (1.29)
100-107 (127-146) Vasily Lanovoi Actor 0.72 (0.6)
100-107 (127-146) Muslim Magomaev Singer 0.72 (0.6)
100-107 (–) Anastasia Myskina Athlete 0.72 (–)
100-107 (–) Boris Nemtsov Chairperson of the federal political council of Union of Right Forces, member of the Committee 2008 – Free Choice council 0.72 (–)
100-107 (54-57) Igor Nikolaev Singer and songwriter 0.72 (1.79)
108-118 (47-48) Zhores Alferov Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nobel Prize laureate è 0.63 (2.08)
108-118 (113-126) Vladimir Gusinsky Businessman 0.63 (0.69)
108-118 (83-86) Nikolay Karachentsev Actor 0.63 (1.19)
108-118 (54-57) Alexander Karelin Deputy of the Russian State Duma 0.63 (1.79)
108-118 (68-74) Andrey Konchalovsky Film and theater director 0.63 (1.39)
108-118 (92-98) Sergey Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister 0.63 (0.99)
108-118 (–) Leonid Polezhaev Omsk Region Governor 0.63 (–)
108-118 (147-161) Titov*** 0.63 (0.5)
108-118 (58-62) Tikhonov*** 0.63 (1.69)
108-118 (–) Alexander Kholoponin Krasnoyark Territory Governor 0.63 (–)
108-118 (–) Valery Shantsev Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor 0.63 (–)
119-128 (–) Alexey Yagudin Athlete 0.54 (–)
119-128 (147-161) Alsou (Safina) Singer 0.54 (0.5)
119-128 (–) Marat Basharov Actor 0.54 (–)
119-128 (127-146) Daria (Agrippina) Dontsova Novelist 0.54 (0.6)
119-128 (–) Dmitry Nagiev TV anchor 0.54 (–)
119-128 (–) Lyudmila Narusova Tuva Region Senator in the Russian Federation Council 0.54 (–)
119-128 (–) Alexey Pimanov TV anchor 0.54 (–)
119-128 (–) Nikolay Rastorguev Singer 0.54 (–)
119-128 (54-57) Svetlana Sorokina TV anchor 0.54 (1.79)
119-128 (99-104) Yury Shevchuk Singer and songwriter 0.54 (0.89)
* Not counting the respondents who did not answer the question or said that there is no elite in Russia.
** Those polled did not give this person’s first name, therefore it is not clear if they meant TV anchor Mikhail Leontyev or pop singer Valery Leontyev.
*** Those surveyed did not give the first name, therefore the person cannot be identified accurately.

Source: the poll conducted by VTsIOM on November 25 and 26, 2006, in the nationwide representative sampling in 46 regions and 153 polling locations. The total of 1,600 people were surveyed.


Russian Elite As Russian Top Managers See It Rank Person Occupation Number of votes
1 Vladimir Putin Russian President 73
2 Yury Luzhkov Moscow Mayor 43
3 Anatoly Chubais Chairperson of the BOD at RAO UES of Russia, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 39
4 Nikita Mikhalkov Film director, president of the Russian Society of Cinematographists 27
5 Vladimir Potanin President of Interrros, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs, member of the Russian Public Chamber 22
6 Evgeny Primakov President of the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 21
7 Roman Abramovich Chukotka Autonomous Area Governor, businessman 19
8 Sergey Shoigu Russian Emergency Situations Minister 18
9-12 Vagit Alekperov President of LUKOIL, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 17
9-12 Alexiy II Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia 17
9-12 Zhores Alferov Vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Nobel Prize laureate 17
9-12 German Gref Russian Economic Development and Trade Minister 17
13-14 Alexey Miller Chairperson of the BOD of Gazprom, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 16
13-14 Alexander Solzhenitsyn Writer, Nobel Prize laureate 16
15-16 Sergey Ivanov Russian Defense Minister 14
15-16 Dmitry Medvedev Russian First Deputy Prime Minister 14
17-18 Alexey Kudrin Russian Finance Minister 13
17-18 Leonid Roshal Director of the Moscow Emergency Surgery Research Institute, member of the Russian Public Chamber 13
19-21 Oleg Deripaska Chairperson of the board at Rusal, chairperson of the supervisory board at Basic Element 12
19-21 Mstislav Rostropovich Cellist, president of the Vishnevskaya & Rostropovich charitable foundation 12
19-21 Vladimir Spivakov Violinist, conductor, art director of the Virtuosos of Moscow Orchestra 12
22-24 Mikhail Kalashnikov Small arms designer 11
22-24 Sergey Lavrov Russian Foreign Minister 11
22-24 Mikhail Khodorkovsky Prisoner 11
25-30 Viktor Vekselberg Chairperson of the BOD at SUAL, member of the board of TNK-BP, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 10
25-30 Mikhail Gorbachev Former Soviet President 10
25-30 Boris Yeltsin Former Soviet President 10
25-30 Alexey Mordashev Director general of Severstal Group, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 10
25-30 Mikhail Fradkov Russian Prime Minister 10
25-30 Mintimer Shaimiev Tatarstan President 10
31-33 Egor Gaidar Director of the Institute for the Economy in Transition 9
31-33 Mikhail Fridman Chairperson of the BOD of TNK-BP, chair of the board at Alfa Group, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, member of the Russian Public Chamber 9
31-33 Maria Sharapova Tennis player, US Open 2006 winner 9
34 Vladimir Evtushenkov Chairperson of the board of directors of Sistema, member of the Bureau of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs 8
35-37 Viktor Gerashchenko Chairperson of the board of YUKOS 7
35-37 Boris Gryzlov Speaker of the Russian State Duma 7
35-37 Iosif Kobzon Pop singer, businessman, deputy at the Russian State Duma 7
38-43 Valentina Matvienko St. Petersburg Governor 6
38-43 Maya Plisetskaya Ballerina, Lenin Prize laureate 6
38-43 Alla Pugacheva Pop singer, member of the Russian Public Chamber 6
38-43 Oleg Tabakov Actor, director, art director and chief director at the Moscow Art Theater 6
38-43 Vyacheslav Fetisov Chairperson of the Federal Physical Training, Culture, Sports and Tourism Agency 6
38-43 Vladimir Yakunin President of Russian Railways 6
44-54 Sergey Bogdanchikov President of Rosneft 5
44-54 Nikolay Valuev Boxer and WBA heavyweight champion 5
44-54 Alexander Zhukov Russian Deputy Prime Minister 5
44-54 Dmitry Kozak Russian presidential envoy to the Southern federal district 5
44-54 Evgeny Plyushchenko Three-time world skating champion, five-time European champion and Olympic champion 5
44-54 Vladimir Pozner TV anchor and president of the Russian Academy of Television 5
44-54 Viktor Sadovnichiy Rector of the Moscow State University 5
44-54 Vladislav Surkov Deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, the Russian president’s aide 5
44-54 Dmitry Khvorostovsky Opera singer, People’s Artist of Russia, Russian State Prize laureate 5
44-54 Alexander Khloponin Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor 5
44-54 Alexander Shokhin President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, member of the Russian Public Chamber 5
The poll was held in November 2006. 104 members of the Russian Managers Association were asked to name no more than 10 people. The final rating includes the candidates who received five or more votes.





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