Semi-final of Leaders of Russia has started in Volga Federal District

Same as last year, the semi-final takes place in two cities of the Volga Federal District simultaneously. Igor Komarov, Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Volga Federal District, gave start to the competition in Nizhny Novgorod, and his deputy Oleg Mashkovtsev welcomed the participants in Samara.


The competition is held by order of President Vladimir Putin for the second year in a row. Its main objective is to identify, develop and support promising executives.

In total, 348 people from the Volga Federal District are taking part in the event. Igor Komarov noted that a growing interest in the competition can be observed over the year. Forty-two thousand people submitted applications in the Volga Federal District, which is by ten thousand more than last year. The district comes second only to the Central Federal District in the number of semifinalists.

“Why there is such great interest in the competition? The answer is simple:  it is a quality mark and not just another diploma or line in the CV. It is an opportunity to win the educational grant, a year of face-to-face consultations and work with mentors of the project. I can guarantee it to you as the person who was a mentor last year and found enjoyment in working with the finalists,” - Igor Komarov said.

The Plenipotentiary Representative of the President noted that participants of the first competition already hold high-ranking posts in federal and regional public authorities, as well as show their best skills in business.

Within two days, semifinalists will perform various tasks set by organizers of the competition. However, in addition to passing all tests, this year future leaders will need to implement their own social project, which must help to solve any current social issues.

Thirty people from the Volga Federal District will participate in the final part of the competition, which will take place in Sochi from 13 to 17 March. Finalists will receive one million rubles for the selected training programme in Russia, and winners of the competition - an opportunity to work with a personal mentor from among the country's best managers.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin set a specific task. Young, ambitious, promising and talented people who have leadership skills and management expertise are the main part of the Russian talent pool. The policy aimed at rotation and rejuvenation of the workforce has given an impulse to creating the country’s new administrative elite. These are new opportunities for personal fulfillment and promotion. From my point of view, it is of particular importance that as the winner you will be able to do your best not only for yourself but also for the whole country,” - Igor Komarov emphasized.