Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin was born on February 21, 1952, in Moscow, Russia and died on February 20, 2017.
He was a Russian diplomat and former child actor.
He served as Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2006 until his death in 2017.
Ambassador Churkin was fluent in Russian, Mongolian, French and English.
His previous positions includes; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).
Vitaly Churkin graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 1974 and started working for them then, and he received a PhD in History from the USSR Diplomatic Academy in 1981.
Eventually, he became the Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation.
Vitaly Churkin also served as a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, and he was Deputy Foreign Minister from 1992 to 1994.
Vitaly Churkin passed away at 64 years old.