Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu - Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation since November 6, 2012, General of the Army, Hero of the Russian Federation. He is the only minister who has retained his post despite numerous government reshuffles, personnel scandals and political crises. His honesty, hard work and perseverance made Sergei Kuzhugetovich one of the most significant political leaders in the history of modern Russia.
Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu was born on May 21, 1955 in the city of Chadan, Tuva Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. He is Tuvan by nationality. His father, Kuzhugut Seraevich, began his career as a simple editor for a local newspaper. Later, having advanced along the party line, he received an important appointment in the Council of Ministers of the Tuva ASSR.
Alexandra Yakovlevna is the mother of the future Minister of Defense of Russia; she has worked in agriculture all her life. She worked as the head of a department in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Tuva ASSR, and began her career as a zootechnician. Alexandra Yakovlevna Shoigu was awarded the title of Honored Worker of Agriculture of the region.
In 1977, Sergei Shoigu graduated from the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute with a degree in civil engineer. For 15 years he worked at the largest construction sites in Siberia.
Job in Moscow
Significant changes in the career of Sergei Shoigu took place in 1990. This year he went to Moscow to improve his party qualifications. Here an extraordinary and bright young man is noticed by Ivan Silaev, who was then engaged in the formation of a new government cabinet.
Shoigu remains in Moscow, having received a position in the State Committee of Russia for Architecture and Urban Planning. For an active and active Shoigu, working with documents turned out to be unacceptable, and he decides to return to Krasnoyarsk. However, in 1991, he was unexpectedly offered to head a completely new state structure - the Russian Rescue Corps.
Since 1991, the Russian Rescue Corps has changed its name many times. Today it is the EMERCOM of Russia. The names changed, but the head until 2012 remained unchanged - Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu.
The ministerial post did not affect the character of Sergei Shoigu. In all "hot spots" he was always close to his subordinates. He did not run the ministry from his own chair. Sergei Shoigu saw his subordinates in action, so he could objectively judge all the shortcomings in the work of the department entrusted to him.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations, headed by Sergei Shoigu, has become an exemplary institution. For his many years of activity, Shoigu was repeatedly awarded government awards not only from Russia, but also from foreign countries in which Russian rescuers worked.
The career of Sergei Kuzhugetovich is amazing in its diversity. In 2012, he became Governor of the Moscow Region, but six months later he was appointed Minister of Defense of Russia.
Sergei Kuzhugetovich does not like to talk a lot about his private life. He is known to love good food, meat, fresh fish and red wine. Sergei Shoigu does not quit smoking on principle - he does not want to deprive himself of pleasure. Keeps himself in good physical shape, regularly goes in for sports. He especially loves football and horse riding. Sergei Shoigu spends his vacation only in Russia, in his native land.
Sergei Shoigu is married. His wife, Irina Aleksandrovna, runs a business tourism company. Sergei and Irina Shoigu have two daughters. The eldest - Yulia (born in 1975) - candidate of psychological sciences, the youngest - Ksenia (January 10, 1991) - a student.