Speaking at Cambridge Union

Dr. Yakunin entered politics as the first Secretary of the Soviet Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations in 1988. In 2005, he was appointed President and CEO of the Russian Railway Company, the country’s second-largest state enterprise after Gazprom. He has also been an ally of President Vladimir Putin, owning neighbouring dachas and frequently being pictured together. More recently, Dr. Yakunin founded the World Public Forum ‘Dialogue of Civilisations’, an NGO aimed at linking individuals from different backgrounds and supporting research in political and social sciences, religion and culture.