1. Valentina Matviyenko, 68, Chairperson of the Federation Council
The most influential woman in Russian politics governed the second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg, for eight years (2003-2011). Since 2011, she has been the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council.
2. Elvira Nabiullina, 53, Head of the Russian Central Bank
Nabiullina is not only be the first woman in Russian history to head the Central Bank, but also the first person from the Ministry of Economic Development to take up the position (2007-2012). She also served as an assistant to the president (2012-2013).
3. Tatiana Golikova, 51, Chairperson of the Account Chamber
Head of the Accounts Chamber since 2013, Golikova was previously an assistant to the president for socio-economic cooperation with the CIS countries, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia (2012-2013). She also served as Russia’s Minister of Health and Social Development (2007-2012) and Deputy Finance Minister (2002-2004).
4. Olga Golodets, 55, Deputy Prime Minister
Golodets has been a member of the Russian government since May 2012; she is responsible for social affairs. She previously served as Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Affairs (2011-2012), and Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Health and Education (2010-2011).
5. Maria Zakharova, 41, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Zakharova became the first woman in the history of the department to hold this post. From 2011 to 2015, she served as Deputy Head of the Department of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Zakharova is famous for her participation in political talk shows on Russian television and for contributing commentary on sensitive political issues in social networks.