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Press Secretary to the Mayor of Moscow

Press Secretary to the Mayor of Moscow

Gulnara Penkova

Biography

  • Born in Moscow.
  • A journalist by education.
  • In 1998, graduated from the Humanities Institute of Radio and Television and in 2000, from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • In April 1999, was employed at the President’s Executive Office as a leading specialist and then gradually rose to deputy head of the President’s Press Service and Information Department.
  • On November 4, 2010, was appointed press secretary to the Moscow Mayor and head of the Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government.
  • 6 June 2013: Appointed Acting Press Secretary to the Moscow Mayor and Head of the Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government.
  • 17 September 2013: Appointed Press Secretary of the Moscow Mayor and Head of the Press Service of the Mayor and Moscow Government.
  • Holds the rank of State Councillor of the Russian Federation, 2nd Class.
  • Government awards: a medal For the Service to the Motherland (2nd Class), the Order of Friendship, and an Honorary Certificate from the Russian President.

Areas of activity

  • Assisting the Moscow Mayor in the execution of his powers in the sphere of information policy.
  • Organising and providing information support for the activities of the Moscow Mayor, his meetings with the media, speeches, interviews and other information events, as well as coordinating the information and organisation aspects of all events attended by the Moscow Mayor with due regard for the goal of developing a common information policy of the Moscow Mayor and Government.
  • Drafting proposals for the Moscow Mayor on information policy and the creation and modernisation of the information space, as well as contributing, at the Mayor’s request, to the implementation of said proposals.
  • Providing Moscow residents and the population of Russia with media information about the activities of the Moscow Mayor, the Moscow Government and the Moscow executive authority, including about the adopted/published legal enactments of the Moscow Government and the speeches, statements and working visits by the Moscow Mayor and members of the Moscow Government.
  • Ensuring information support for the activities of the Moscow Mayor and Government during official visits to other Russian regions and abroad.
  • Contributing to the planning, preparation and implementation of visits by the Moscow Mayor and members of the Moscow Government to facilities in Moscow, other Russian regions and abroad with the purpose of providing information about the visits to print and online media.
  • Promptly informing the Moscow Mayor and Government about the media attitude to the decisions and speeches of the heads of the Moscow executive authority, in particular, to monitor, analyse and submit to the Moscow Mayor information about public opinion and the attitude of the Moscow and foreign media to the activities of the Moscow Mayor and Government, and subsequently to submit relevant proposals.
  • Coordinating the information activity of the Moscow executive authorities and divisions of the Staff of the Moscow Mayor and Government with a view to forming a common information policy of the Moscow Mayor and Government, in particular to provide information support for the activities of the Press Service and other departments interacting with the media, as well as press secretaries of the Moscow executive authority.
  • Organising and supporting the operation of the official website of the Moscow Mayor and Government.
  • Publishing the legal enactments of the Moscow Government in accordance with established procedure.
  • Providing information support to the Vestnik Mera i Pravitelstva Moskvy (Bulletin of the Moscow Mayor and Government) and the Tverskaya 13 periodicals.
  • Coordinating the information activity of media outlets which receive funding from the Moscow budget.
  • Providing accreditation to the media, including foreign media accredited by the Russian Foreign Ministry, for covering the activities of the Moscow Mayor and Government in Moscow and during official visits of the Moscow Mayor and members of the Moscow Government to other Russian regions and abroad.