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Meeting with graduates of GSPM RANEPA

July 4, 2023, The Kremlin, Moscow

Vladimir Putin met with the fifth group of graduates of the Management Personnel Pool programme of the Graduate School of Public Management (GSPM) at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in the Kremlin’s St Catherine Hall.

The GSPM RANEPA was established in 2013. It offers training, retraining and advanced studies for management personnel in the government administration system, helps to create and develop personnel pools at all levels.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.

I am happy to welcome you and congratulate you on the successful completion of your studies.

In daily use, this entire process and education goes under the name of the school of governors, and this is true to life. I am sure you know this, but at a public meeting I am bound to say it, and it may be of interest to everyone – that during the implementation of this programme since 2017, 50 of its participants have become heads of Russian regions, while more than 200 have received new appointments in the federal government – five of them have been appointed federal ministers and over 20 deputy ministers, including seven first deputy ministers.

Graduates serve in both houses of parliament, as deputy speakers of the State Duma and the Federation Council, and as heads of key committees. Your colleagues are doing a good job in the Presidential and Government executive offices.

I know that some graduates from this programme are heads of large cities. These are really the country’s biggest cities including Nizhny Novgorod, Tyumen, Kazan, Kaluga, Lipetsk, Voronezh and Izhevsk, to name a few. They also work in major corporations, such as Roscosmos, RUSNANO, Russian Railways, United Aircraft Corporation, Sberbank, Rosneft, ALROSA and others. Overall, more than 400 people have completed studies under this programme.

I would like to congratulate you on your graduation. I am sure you will add to this wonderful cohort of graduates from past years.

What would I like to note? First, I would like to emphasise that this is the social lift we talk about, because this programme rests on the principles of absolute transparency. What matters most in it is not some “telephone law” or even past merits but personal qualities, ability and potential – a creative potential, and readiness to serve – to serve in the best sense of the word – to serve your people, your country and your Motherland.

I know that at different times the graduates have always been sensitive to what the country needed the most. Recently, this was the pandemic, and they went to work where the demand for executives was the highest. Since the start of the special military operation, practically all those in the personnel training system, have been motivated to support the special military operation in many diverse ways.

I would like to thank you, your colleagues and all those who have taken part in similar efforts and to express the hope that you will justify the trust of those who brought you together and achieve self-fulfilment.

Of course, I must thank your teachers, your mentors. There were many of them. These are interesting people that have achieved very much in their careers in the best, direct sense of this word. They have fulfilled their potential and continue developing while working with high-potential people like you.

At this point, I would like to end my opening remarks – I’d rather listen to you. I am giving the floor to you.

Go ahead, please.


July 4, 2023, The Kremlin, Moscow