Leonid Dododzhonovich Reiman
Russian minister for information technology and communication
Born July 12, 1957, in Leningrad.
In 1979, Leonid Reiman graduated from Leningrad's Electro-technical Institute of Communications, named for Professor M.A. Bonch-Bruevich, doctor of economics.
After graduation, Mr. Reiman worked as an engineer, as head of department at Leningrad's intercity telephone station.
From 1983 to 1985, Leonid Reiman served in the USSR's armed forces.
In 1985, he took up a senior role in the Leningrad City Telephone Network (LCTN). From 1988 to 1999, he was the deputy head of LCTN for development, head engineer for LCTN, director of international communications, director for investment and international communications, and chief deputy general director for Petersburg Telephone Network.
In July 1999, Mr. Reiman was named secretary-chief deputy to the chairman of the Russian state Committee for telecommunications, and in August he was made chairman of the same body. From November 1999 to April 2004, Mr. Reiman was the Russian minister for communications and information.
On May 20, 2004, Russian Presidential Order #636 named Mr. Reiman Russian Minister for information technology and communications.
Mr. Reiman is chairman of the board of directions of Svyazinvest, and co-chairman of the following intergovernmental commissions for communications and information technology: Russian-Hungarian, Russian-Norwegian, Russian-Romanian, Russian-Israeli, and Russian-Chinese subcommittee.
Leonid Reiman has been awarded the order 'For service to the Fatherland', fourth class, as well as jubilee and departmental medals. He holds the honorary title 'honoured communications worker of the Russian Federation'.
He has also been awarded a diploma of the government of the Russian Federation. He is winner of the Russian government prizes in the sphere of education and in the sphere of science and technology, winner of the high judicial prize 'Femida' for 2003, and winner of the annual international prize 'Person of the Year' for 2005.
He is married, and father to a son and daughter.