Biography of Maria ZakharovaMaria Vladimirovna Zakharova is a diplomat, director of the department of information and press at the Russian Foreign Ministry. She is an official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Maria is a Ph.D. in history. In the foreign press, she is called "the sexual, intelligent but terrible and miracle weapon of Putin propaganda". Russians admire her straightforwardness, an amazing combination of femininity and rigidity, and they often calling Zakharova as «the Russian analog of Jen Psaki».
Childhood and familyShe spent her childhood in Beijing, where her parents-diplomats arrived in the early 80's. Father, Vladimir Yurievich was an orientalist and specialist in Chinese language and literature. Until 2014, he worked as an adviser to the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Then he worked as a senior lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and World Politics at the Higher School of Economics, and also lectured at the School of Oriental Studies.
His wife Irina became a research associate at the Moscow Museum of Fine Arts named after Alexander Pushkin on her return from China. She is a Ph.D. in art criticism. She knows well the culture, history, and traditions of China. She published a book for children in co-authorship with her husband "From year to year we wish happiness". This is a collection of Chinese folk tales.
Maria dreamed of doing the same rough and serious work as her father and also writing well like her mother. Perhaps that is why the favorite program of the little Maria was the weekly program «International Panorama», which discussed the main economic and political events abroad.
Career of a diplomatThe first Maria Zakharova place of work was the editorial board of the Russian Foreign Ministry magazine «Diplomatic Bulletin». In the editorial office, Maria met with Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko, who was her first head and future deputy foreign minister of Russia. Alexander Vladimirovich adhered to the same principles in the work as Maria's beloved grandmother. He believed that the quality and professional interaction between team members is important in the work. Masha's grandmother also taught the girl to think that any work should be performed «perfectly», even if it is not checked by anyone. As an example, she said that even the reverse side of the embroidery should look neat. So the girl easily joined the team.
In 2008, Maria returned to her home department to Moscow, but three years later she was appointed deputy head of the Department of Press and Information, and in just two years she headed it, succeeding its former chief Alexander Lukashevich. The reason for the appointment was not only Maria’s professionalism, experience, and knowledge, but also her popularity in the media. This woman was a frequent guest on numerous talk shows and did not miss any chance to express her position in social networks.