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Vladimir Artyakov is the governor of Samara Region and the former president and BoD chairman of AvtoVAZ. Artyakov has also worked at such companies as Oboronexport and Promexport and for the presidential administration.
He holds a PhD in economics and engineering and law degrees from the All-Union Correspondence Polytechnic Institute and Russian Civil Service Academy, respectively. Artyakov is a recipient of the Order of Friendship and a medal "for strengthening military cooperation".[an error occurred while processing the directive]