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    Posted September 19, 2011 by
    Moscow, Russian Federation

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    The New Russia: Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova


    The New Russia: Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova

    The fall of communist Russia brought with it more than the rise of capitalism. As the former political and economic structure of the Soviet Union crumbled, so did old-fashioned notions of gender and the role of women in Russian society.


    In 2010, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Russian Managers Association conducted a survey and found that the number of women who hold senior positions in Russian business has increased since 2007, specifically in finance. 


    By way of example, meet Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova, wife of esteemed Russian scientist and businessman Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov.  As the former head of Russia’s TENEX, Vladimir Alexeyevich Smirnov was an active participant in Russia’s non-proliferation treaty with the United   States.  Through his labors, he helped these countries engage in a contract that dismantled former nuclear weapons to generate clean, safe, nuclear power in America. 


    During her more than decade-long career in real estate, business, and banking, Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova held a number of high-level managerial positions, most recently functioning as adviser to the chairman of the board of directors at Russia’s prestigious Natsionalny Kosmicheski Bank (NK Bank).  Established in 1994 and based in Moscow, NK Bank provides the standard banking products and services to various customers, and also serves the enterprises of aviation, civil engineering, and military.  In addition to her distinguished career at NK Bank, Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova is a mother of two children.


    Career opportunities for women in business are growing in the Russian Federation, as the case of Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova illustrates.  Women in Russia currently constitute 92 percent of accountants, 70 percent of human resources senior managers, and 48 percent of financial officers, media outlets suggest. 


    Although the number of Russian business women who hold positions of president and general director at companies still remains relatively low, the future women of Russia have a bigger shot at gaining these positions thanks to the likes of Larisa Leonidovna Drozdova, whose careers have cleared the path to more equality between the sexes in the Russian   Federation. 

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