Vladimir Safronkov’s BiographyWe can call Vladimir Karpovich Safronkov a modern, brave and even rude diplomat. The international community knew absolutely nothing about this person, temporarily acting Russia UN ambassador from 2017 instead of suddenly gone Vitaly Churkin. And then his shining moment happened when he performed his extraordinary speech at the UN Security Council on the issue of war-torn Syria.
Vladimir Safronkov’s Childhood and FamilyThe diplomats’ private lives are always kept in mystery due to the specificity of their job. Usually, journalists are able to collect only fragmentary information about the family and everyday life of the famous persons of the diplomatic world.
Carp SafrAnkov managed to survive. Be he lost the job, a party ticket and even surname. He changed one letter in his surname and became SafrOnkov in an effort to protect his nearest and dearest and to keep them away from the dangerous relationship with an ex-con, he really was. This version of the surname was recorded in the documents of his son, born in March 1964.
The son of a disgraced head chose the path of a diplomat and entered MGIMO, which he graduated in 1990.
Vladimir Safronkov’s Diplomatic CareerThe young specialist started his career after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He learned the basic English and French, after what he additionally mastered the Arabic language. The Embassy in Tunisia was the first job of perspective East-knowing specialist. He had lived and worked in this country until 1995. The diplomat participated in resolving the conflict of the Arab population of Palestine, closely cooperated with local organizations in charge of this difficult question. The Tunisian experience and participation in the resolution of conflicts between the inhabitants of Palestine led the further path of Safronkov’s career.
In 2007, Safronov became the Russian group United Nations Special Coordinator for political affairs. In 2011 he was appointed a Deputy Head of International Relations Department of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation.