Moscow City’s Achievement Recognized at The Moscow Times Awards
Moscow’s brightest stars in business and culture were honored at the first annual Moscow Times Awards on the Dec. 10 2013, in a ceremony held at the
An expert council composed of representatives of foreign chambers of commerce and international journalists from leading organizations including The Financial Times, Voice of
America, Global New York Times, De Volkskrant, DPA, Moscow FM and The Moscow Times selected winners in 12 categories, recognizing their contributions to improving life in
Russia’s capital. The winner in one category, The Person of The Year award, was determined by readers’ online vote.
“The city has changed in many ways,” said Ekaterina Movsumova, The Moscow Times’ publisher. “Our newspaper, which for 21 years has been an independent, English-language
daily, has all the expertise to give an unbiased foreign opinion and to evaluate the positive changes that Moscow has undergone.”
The master of ceremonies, Vladimir Pozner, the expert board member and well-known television journalist, was greeted warmly by the nominees and their guests. In an effort to
highlight Moscow’s evolution, the event opened with a video remake of the 1990 hit by the Scorpions, “Wind of Change,” which featured The Moscow Times’ staff.
More than 200 guests commented on the unique theme of the event and appreciated that The Moscow Times launched this project, gathering the whole international community in Moscow.
“My hope is that The Moscow Times Awards will not only highlight successful people, organizations and events, but also help the international community find new ways
to succeed,” said Andrew McChesney, The Moscow Times’ editor-in-chief.
“Business is gaining a more and more important role in the development of civil and political society, and we believe this is a nice initiative from The Moscow Times to gather us at such
an event,” said Antonio Linares, managing director of Roca in Russia and the CIS. Roca Russia was acting as the strategic partner of the event.
Other partners of the event included Regus, Coca-Cola, Lladro, Russian-French Chamber of Commerce, Russian-British Chamber of Commerce, Russian-German Chamber of Commerce,
and Chess TV led by Digicast.
The guests of the ceremony included the CEOs and top managers of the biggest international companies in Russia such as Siemens, Nestle, Philips, Raiffeisenbank, L’Oreal, Pfizer, 3M, as
well as leading Russian entities such as VTB Capital, Bank of Moscow, Sberbank, Rosneft, Gazprombank; ambassadors and counselors from Spain, Canada, France, Germany, the U.S.,
Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K., Poland and Belgium; and the renowned cultural and business figures in Moscow that were among the nominees such as Kirill Serebrennikov, Irina
Antonova, Andrei Sharonov, Mark Kurtser, Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Yelizaveta Glinka, Mitya Aleshkovsky, and others.
Attendees were reminded of how vibrant the cultural life of the city has become thanks to various narrated vignettes and brief presentations of the stories behind the nominations. A
special mention of thanks was made to infrastructure billionaire Andrei Filatov for sponsoring the startup of Chess TV, the first television channel dedicated exclusively to chess.
At the end of the evening Vladimir Posner acknowledged that the awards ceremony was a success: “I congratulate the organizers and I think that the first ceremony of The Moscow
Times Awards succeeded”.
The list of the winners of The Moscow Times Awards:
//Person of the Year
Irina Antonova, the legendary director of Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, was voted Person of
the Year by readers of The Moscow Times.
//Cultural Figure of the Year
The Person of the Year in Culture award went to theater and film director Kirill
//Best City Improvement
The Best City Improvement award was accepted by Sergei Velmiaykin, Deputy Labor and
Social Protection Minister and one of the authors of the anti-smoking law.
//Foreign Direct Investment
The Foreign Direct Investment award went to France’s Renault and was accepted on behalf of
the auto-giant by Igor Titov, the company’s vice president for public affairs for Eurasia.
//Country of the Year
The Netherlands won the Country Partner of the Year award that was presented to Dutch
Ambassador to Russia Ron van Dartel.
//Best Business Event
The Gaidar Forum was chosen as the winner in the Best Business Event award category.
Vladimir Mau, rector of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public
Administration, said in his acceptance comments that the Gaidar Forum would pursue its
efforts to make Moscow an attractive destination for capital and investment.
//Best Business Hotel
Hotel Metropol Moscow was the winner in the Best Business Hotel award category. The
award was presented to Dominique Nicholas Godat, general manager of the hotel.
//Best Corporate Citizen
MasterCard was named best Corporate Citizen, with Mikhail Fedoseev, Vice President of
MasterCard Russia, taking the stage to receive the award.
//Best Cultural Event
The Golden Mask theater festival, represented by its director Maria Revyakina, held on stage
of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater in April, was chosen as the
Best Cultural Event of The Year.
//Humanitarian of the Year
The Humanitarian of the year award went to Dr. Yelizaveta Glinka, founder of the Just Aid
Foundation. Every Wednesday, “Dr. Liza’s” volunteers head to Moscow’s Paveletsky Station to
distribute food, clothing and medicine to the homeless.
//Best Cultural Center
Olga Zakharova, Director of Gorky Central Park of Culture and Recreation, received the
award for the Best Cultural and Leisure Center, in competition against the Pushkin Museum of
Fine Arts and the Documentary Film Center.
//Best Business Center
The Best Business Center of the Year award was accepted on behalf of the White Square
Office Center by Dmitry Minz, board chairman of O1 Properties.
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