Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov

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Born21 June 1953
Alma materMoscow State University, University of Warsaw
Russian diplomat. Under-Secretary for the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office since 2017.

Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov is a Russian foreign service officer who since 2011 has served as Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna. In June 2017, the United Nations named Voronkov as the first Under-Secretary for the new United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office.[1][2][3]

Early life and education

Voronkov was born in Moscow, the son of two history professors. His father, Ivan Alexandrovich Voronkov (1921–1983), was a department head at Moscow State University (MSU), and his mother taught at the Institute of Asian and African Studies at MSU. Vladimir Voronkov earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in history at MSU. In 1974–75 and 1977–78, he studied at the University of Warsaw. His thesis concerned the Polish Peasant Party in 1918–22.[4] He is fluent in English and Polish.[5]


After his earning his doctorate, Voronkov joined the Institute of Economics at the Soviet Academy of Sciences and became a Polish interpreter for the Central Committee, interpreting for Central Party Chairmen Leonid Brezhnev and Konstantin Chernenko.[4]

Voronkov joined the Soviet Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1989 and until 1994 worked as a press attaché in Poland at the Soviet and then Russian Embassy. Since 1994 he has held various positions with the Foreign Ministry in Moscow, Poland and Vienna. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Director of the Department of European Cooperation at the Ministry. In 2011, he was appointed Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna.[4]

In June 2017, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Voronkov to serve as the first Under-Secretary-General of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, which was created on 15 June 2017. It was predicted a Russian would get the position, as Russia was the only one favored to receive the post, as it had been the only permanent member of the UN Security Council that did not have one of its nationals holding a major UN position.[2]