Vitaly Ignatenko

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Vitaly Ignatenko

Director General, ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency

Vitaly Ignatenko has been serving as General Director of Russian news agency ITAR-TASS since 1993. He is also Chairman of the International Board of News Agencies and has been President of the Asia-Pacific News Agencies Organization (OANA) since May 2000.  Mr. Ignatenko oversees the Russian Association for Russian-Korean Friendship and Cooperation and is member of the UNESCO’s Russian Federation Committee.

Mr. Ignatenko began his career as a reporter for Komsomolskaya Pravda, rising to the rank of First Deputy Chief Editor. From 1986-1980 he was Chief Editor of Noyoe Vremya, and supervised the Presidential Press Service from 1990-91. Mr. Ignatenko also worked with the Russian Communist Party and the TASS agency.

Vitaly Ignatenko has held numerous other posts, namely, he has served as President of the International Association of the Russian Press, which unites over 300 Russian language publications from 80 countries of the world. In May 2006 Mr. Ignatenko was elected President of the CIS News Agencies Association.

Vitaly Ignatenko has received numerous awards and orders, the most notable of them including the III and IV Orders “For Meritorious Service to the Motherland” , the Lenin award in 1978 as well as the Government Award of the Russian Federation in 2003.

Mr. Ignatenko has a diploma from the Moscow State University in journalism.