Timakova said, what will you do with Vnesheconombank

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Worked 10 years as press Secretary Dmitry Medvedev Natalia Timakova said what it plans to do with Vnesheconombank.

Natalia Timakova September 6 announced the resignation of press Secretary of the head of government and the transition to the web.

In an interview to the newspaper «Kommersant», she told me that her decision to change the scope of activities coincided with the appointment of Igor Shuvalov, with whom she had worked, the head of VEB. And when she decided that she wants to change occupation, then told him about it.

«Igor Shuvalov has an ambitious idea to transform the Bank into a real development Institute. Not just in a structure that supports certain state projects, and the company that invests in the development of the territories. One of the areas that he wants to develop, is related to urban studies, urban culture. The team that is going to do is formed, and Igor Shuvalov has offered me in addition to a GR (Government Relations — relations with government) and corporate philanthropy and its area of responsibility,» — said Timakova.

She also shared that the greatest stress for her at the post of press Secretary was the period of the war in Georgia.

«I am the night, I was called by correspondents of TV channels and agencies, told what is going on. Early morning of 8 August 2008 I’m supposed to fly to Samara, where Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was supposed to meet. At five in the morning I went to Domodedovo to fly. Arrived at the airport, when he called the aide-de-camp of the President and said he returned from vacation on the Volga and to go anywhere is not necessary. I returned to the Kremlin, and several days were sleepless work: meetings were held including at night. It was a very difficult time,» she said.

Timakova was appointed as press-Secretary of Medvedev, who was then President, in may 2008. Prior to that, she worked in the press service of the President 12 years. After, after Medvedev, Timakova went to the White House, staying by his press Secretary, and in 2012 was appointed a Deputy head of the government apparatus.

In the government, Timakova was also engaged in the implementation of state policy in the field of culture and cinematography. In her own words, she was interesting and important to the development of domestic animation, museums, including museums of modern art.