Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF receives France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour

Press release, 19.11.2018

Moscow, November 19, 2018 - Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, today received the French National Order of the Legion of Honour. The ceremony was conducted by the French ambassador to Russia, Sylvie Bermann.

Kirill Dmitriev was awarded the title Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, for his great contribution to strengthening cooperation between Russia and France.

The award ceremony took place today at the Residence of the French Ambassador to Russia. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian government (Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Olga Golodets, Aide to the President of Russia, Andrei Fursenko, Aide to the President of Russia Igor Levitin, Special presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa, Mikhail Bogdanov and others) business executives (Volga Group founder, Gennady Timchenko, CEO of PJSC PhosAgro, Andrey Guriev, Chairman of the Management Board of PJSC SIBUR Holding, Dmitry Konov, CEO of PJSC ALROSA, Sergey Ivanov, CEO of MD Medical Group, Dr Mark Kurtser and others), scientists and cultural leaders (rector of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Viktor Sadovnichy, CEO of Channel One Russia, Konstantin Ernst and others.). Foreign guests also attended the event, including the Japanese Ambassador to Russia, Toyohisa Kozuki, the Italian Ambassador to Russia, Pasquale K. Terracciano, the Saudi Ambassador to Russia Rayed Khalid A. Krimly, the Emirati Ambassador to Russia Maadhad Hareb Meghair Jaber Alkhyeli and other guests.

The award ceremony took place a few days after the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to France, where he participated in commemorative events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur) is the oldest French national order, established by Napoleon Bonaparte on May 19, 1802. Admittance to the Order is an honour of the highest distinction in France and is awarded by the President of the France for outstanding services to the country.

By Russian presidential decree, Kirill Dmitriev was also awarded the Russian Order of Alexander Nevsky in 2017, for his great contribution to the implementation of international investment projects in Russia and the country’s socio-economic development.

Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said:

“It is a great honour for me to accept such a distinguished award in recognition of the successful development of dialogue between France and Russia. Relations between Russia and France have not only a rich history, but excellent prospects for the future. Our current combined efforts to establish joint investment and logistic infrastructure will further consolidate our relationship. We have nurtured an atmosphere of mutual trust with our French partners. This is the best incentive to realize the enormous potential of investment cooperation and to multiply the volume and number of joint investment projects for the benefit of the economies and citizens of both countries.”


Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 70 projects with foreign partners totaling more than 1.4 trillion rubles and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 700,000 people, and generate revenues which equate to more than 5% of Russia’s GDP. RDIF established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 15 countries that total more than 40 billion dollars. Further information can be found at


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