Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting Russian citizenship to native Ukrainian billionaire Eduard Shifrin, whose fortune, according to various estimates, up to 1, 9 billion dollars.
"In accordance with paragraph" a "of article 89 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation decide to adopt the citizenship of the Russian Federation the following persons: (...) Shifrin, Edward, born on 12 July 1960 in the Ukraine, with her daughter Sophia Rose, born on may 6, 2000 in the UK" – reported in the content of the document of the head of the Russian Federation.
according to open sources, Shifrin was born in Dnepropetrovsk, graduated from the Moscow Institute of steel and alloys (now – national research technological University "MISIS" ), holds a degree of candidate of technical Sciences. Shifrin is a co-founder of the holding organization, the Midland Group, which is engaged in metallurgical manufacture, shipping, real estate, agriculture. Does business in 34 countries. Shifrin is the Vice-President of the world Jewish Congress. In Russia the group owns residential and commercial properties. According to Forbes magazine, Shifrin held in 2006 486th in the top billionaires with wealth of 1, 6 billion dollars. In the chart for 2007 he was ranked 538-place, though its capital was increased to 1, 9 billion dollars. In the chart "the world's Billionaires" in 2009 he was placed on 559-th position, the capital was estimated at 1, 3 billion dollars. In 2011, printed illustrated edition of "Focus" gave an assessment of the status of Shifrin 1, 407 billion (number 14 on the Billboard top 200 rich Ukraine). The winner of the award of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia "man of the year" in the field of philanthropy (2007). Married, three children. The same decree Putin took citizenship a few people from Ukraine and 2 Vietnamese.