Igor Levitin (Игорь Евгеньевич Левитин) was born February 21, 1952 in the village of Tsebrikovo, Odessa Region (now at part of Ukraine).
In 1973 Levitin graduated from the Military School of Railroad Forces and Military Communications in Leningrad. From 1973 to 1976 he served in the Armed Forces in the Odessa military area on the Pridnestrov railway line. From 1976 to 1980 he was a serviceman with the Southern group of forces in Budapest, Hungary. In 1983 Levitin graduated from the Military Academy of Rear Services and Transport with a specialization as "engineer of communications".
From 1983 to 1985 Levitin served as a military commandant at the Urgal station on the Baikal-Amur railway line. From 1985 to 1994 he worked on the Moscow railway line first as a military commandant, then as chief of transportation of troops, and then as deputy chief of military communications.
In April 1994 Levitin began to work at the Financial-industrial company of Railway Transportation; in 1995 he became its vice-president. In 1995-1996 Levitin was head of the transport department of logistics company Phoenix Trans Service. In 1996 he began to work at transportation company Severstaltrans. There he supervised railroad traffic, transport machinery construction and sea port operations. In 1998 he became deputy director general of the company (and would remain in such post until 2004). Levitin was elected as a representative of Severstaltrans to the board of directors of the Tuapse Sea Trading Port in Tuapse, Krasnodar Territory.
In March 2004 Levitin was named Minister of Transport and Communication in Mikhail Fradkov's government. Media representatives remarked how this appointment came rather unexpectedly as Levitin had no previous experience in a governmental position before being made minister.
According to media sources, the rise of Levitin to ministerial power can be attributed to his work with the Public Council at the governmental commission on railroad transport reform. Moreover, Levitin's former work place Severstaltrans became one of the first and largest private firms created as part of the Ministry of Transport's reform to promote competition with Russian Railways, media reports indicated. Other sources point out that Levitin's appointment as minister was assisted by business oligarch and chairman of steel company Severstal Alexei Mordashov.
In 2006 Levitin as Russian transport minister headed governmental commissions on investigating the airplane crashes near Sochi, Irkutsk and Donetsk, and on rendering assistance to the victims of such catastrophes.
In September 2007 Levitin was reappointed Minister of Transport under the government of Viktor Zubkov.
In January 2008 Russian president Vladimir Putin honored Levitin with the medal "For the Development of the Railroad" for his "great contribution to the development of railroad transport".
On May 12, 2008 Levitin was reappointed as Minister of Transport under newly appointed prime minister Vladimir Putin's cabinet.
Levitin is a reserve colonel. He is a Kandidat (Ph.D) in Political Science, a docent (associate professor) and a lecturer at the Sholokhov Moscow State Humanities University. He is married and has one daughter.
Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation
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Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Webpage (In Russian)
Phoenix Trans Service Ltd., Webpage
Tuapse Sea Trading Port, Webpage (In Russian)