Custodian of Two Holy Mosques discusses cooperation prospects with President of Russian Federation Council….reports Asian Lite News
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has met with Valentina Matvienko, Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
During the meeting, the two parties discussed relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia, and prospects for bilateral cooperation.
Valentina Matvienko, a former diplomat and governor of Saint Petersburg, became Chairman of the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Federation, on 21 September 2011. She is the first woman in Russian history to hold the post.
Her position and close political ties to St. Petersburg native Vladimir Putin make Matvienko one of Russia’s most powerful women. Kampania (Company), a weekly business magazine, named her the most influential woman in Russia’s economy in 2007. In Forbes magazine’s 2008 list of the world’s most powerful women, she came in 31st. She is the only woman among the leaders of Russia’s 83 federal districts.
Valentina Ivanovna Tyutina was born on 7 April 1949 in the city of Shepetovka, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union’s Western flank, which had been ravaged during World War II. In school and university she was very active in Communist youth organizations, particularly the Komsomol, the Communist Party youth wing. At the age of 18 she moved to St. Petersburg, then known as Leningrad. While studying at the Leningrad Chemical-Pharmacological Institute, from which she graduated in 1972, she continued to further her political career through the Komsomol.