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Leaders of the industry

LKI – SMTU graduates have been CEOs and Chief designers of the best Russian and Soviet enterprises in the shipbuilding industry.  During the Soviet period, LKI graduates B.Ye. Butoma and I.S. Belousov headed the Ministry of the Shipbuilding industry of the USSR and took active part in realization of design projects for high-speed submarines with titanium alloy hulls and delta-class submarine including the 667B and 667BD “Murena” projects, which had provided for the Russian-American parity in strategic offshore weapons and the creation of domestic missile installations as a counterweight to the American Trident.

SMTU alumni made great contributions in operation of the leading enterprises in the shipbuilding area. Those enterprises still are the key partners of our University and employers of its graduates.

JSC Admiralty Shipyards

JSC Admiralty Shipyards is the leading Russian center for construction of conventional submarines and surface vessels. It is a modern hi-tech diversified company with a very high reputation on the Russian and world markets. The enterprise constructs and upgrades conventional submarines and deep-diving vehicles, rescue and supply vessels. It also specializes in construction of modern unique tankers with deadweight up to 70,000 tons, including the reinforced ice-class vessels.

SMTU (LKI) alumnus Vladimir L. Alexandrov (1967 graduate) had been Director General of JSC Admiralty Shipyards in 1984 – 2010. Under his direction, the Shipyards had produced the prototype tanker “Indra”, the vessels which later on had been built for Norway, India, and Germany. The first chemical carrier tanker was also built during his directorship, as were many other vessels including the research submarine “Mackerel”, a series of submarines for PRC, etc.   Presently Professor Alexandrov teaches students at SMTU. 

In July 2012, another LKI alumnus (1980) replaced V.L. Alexandrov in the position of the JSC Admiralty Shipyards Director General. In the years of his directorship, a series of tankers for Sovkomflot, the biggest Russia’s shipping company, including tankers “Mikhail Ulyanov” and “Kirill Lavrov”, the first since the Soviet era Russian Naval ice breaker the “Ilya Muromets” were built at the JSC Admiralty Shipyards.  Besides this, the company also produced the research vessel “Academician Tryoshnikov” and the ocean salvage ship “Igor Belousov.”


St. Petersburg Marine Design Bureau “Malachite”, JSC

SMTU has very close and friendly relations with SPbMDB “Malachite” the leading design bureau specializing on submarine construction and design. The famous USSR submarines of the 3rd, 4th and 5th generations, the “Shchuka-B” and “Yasen” submarines (projects 971 and 885) were designed at this facility   

Since 2011, SMTU alumnus V.Yu. Dorofeyev (1991 graduate) has been Director General of the Bureau. At various times, several LKI graduates had worked at this enterprise as its Chief Designers: N.N. Isanin (1935), Yu.M. Konovalov (1954) and R.A. Shmakov (1954). In particular, they had designed famous deepwater submarines of such projects as 661 “Anchar,” 671 “Yorsh,” 671RTM(K) “Shchuka” and others. The nuclear submarine “Lira” is the only world serial project equipped with liquid metal coolant.   

Nickolay I. Isanin (1904-1990) was shipbuilder, designer of naval surface and deepwater ships; double Hero of Labor of the Soviet Union, Academician AS USSR, chief submarine architect of the 611AB project submarines, namely, the first Soviet submarine armed with nuclear ballistic missiles. He actively participated in the design works for the “Kirov” cruiser and was Deputy Chief Designer of the cruiser of the “Chapayev” type. He had been the Director of the CCB-17 (presently, the “Malachite” Bureau) for 25 years: since 1946 till 1970. Under his direction, the submarine from which the first the world ballistic missile designed by S.P. Korolyov’s CB were launched, and the world most fast-moving ballistic-missile submarines.  

Yuri M. Konovalov was designer of deepwater technologies and complexes. He was honored with numerous state awards for his outstanding achievements.  In 1988, he was appointed Chief Designer of the “Malachite Bureau” in charge of deepwater vessels with nuclear power units; in 1994, he became the Chief Designer of deepwater vessels and complexes and since 2006, he has been General Designer of deep-sea technical facilities, complexes and deepwater vehicles.  In 2004, he came up with a new concept for the development of deepwater technologies approved and supported by the Russian Ministry of Defense. This conception made the base for he development of deepwater forces and facilities of Russia approved by the President of Russia in 2006.  Presently, Konovalov is the leader in the development and modernization of the national deepwater facilities.

Radiy A. Shmakov was Chief Designer of project 671 submarines at the “Malachite” Design Bureau. He actively participated in modernization and commissioning of nuclear submarines of the first and second generations; he was member of state commissions on the admission into service of anti-submarine missile systems such as “Vyuga,” “Vodopad,” “Veter,” and “Shkval.”


Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering “Rubin”

The Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering “Rubin” is among the world's key submarine developers. The leading submarine designer in Russia, “Rubin” has been one of the permanent SMTU’s partners and employers of university’s graduates. Many of those made major contributions in the sphere of Naval and civil shipbuilding development and offshore engineering projects: CDB ME “Rubin” enjoys a well-earned reputation in the partnership with oil and gas companies. Since 2012, SMTU graduate Igor V. Vilnit (1979) has been the Director General of “Rubin.” Vilnit’s entire career is inextricably connected with the Bureau; he took part in the creation of submarines of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations; under his direction, a whole series of innovative design solutions had been implemented for the first time in the national marine engineering, including that for the civil engineering equipment, such as ice-resistant offshore platforms for oil and gas production and the St. Petersburg counter-flood facilities.  

One of the soviet-time directors of “Rubin” was Yu.N. Kormilitsin (1956 graduate). Four generations of soviet submarines had been developed under his leadership including diesel-electric submarines of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations (“Paltus,” “Lada”, “Varshavyanka” and others)           and nuclear submarines of the 3rd generation.  Besides this, under command of Kormilitsin were designed excursion submarines of the “Ichthyandr” project. On the whole, Yu.N. Kormilitsin directed the design of more than 180 submarines of various types.

Zosima A. Deribin (1929 graduate) was one of Kormilitsin’s predecessors as the submarine chief designer of a whole series of projects (613, 663 and 641B) in 1948-1953. The project 613 submarine was the most mass series of the USSR Navy.  After five years at the Central Design Bureau-18 (presently, CDB ME “Rubin”), Deribin started his work at another similar organization, presently known as CDB “Lazurit.”


The Central Marine Design Bureau “Almaz”

The Central Marine Design Bureau “Almaz”, founded in 1949, is the leading Russian designer of high-speed crafts, small and medium size surface combatants, landing air-cushion vessels, mine countermeasures vessels, special purpose vessels, and floating docks. The bureau is the developer of unique missile ships and boats, including the small-size hydrofoil missile ship “Hurricane”, the missile-armed corvette “Sivuch”, a sidewall surface-effect ship, and the world-known “Zubr”. Since 1992, the Director General of Central Marine Design Bureau “Almaz” is A.V. Shlyakhtenko (1972 graduate).


Statesmen and diplomats 

Anatoliy K. Kinakh (1978 graduate)  started his political career in the 1990s, after over a decade of engineering occupation. Since 1997, he has been the Head of the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (UUIE).  In 2001-2002, Kinakh served as Ukrainian Prime Minister; in 2005-2007, he was Secretary of the CNSDU; in 2007, he worked as Minister of the Economy of Ukraine. He had also been People's Deputy of Ukraine of the 1st and 3-7th convocations.

Sergey B. Tarasov (1959-2009, 1982 graduate) was a Russian state and political figure: Member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly (1998-2002), Vice Governor of St. Petersburg (2003—2008), and Member of the Council of Federation (2008-2009). He tragically died in 2009 in a railway accident caused by a terrorist attack on the Moscow-St. Petersburg railway road.  

Nickolay P. Patrushev (1974 graduate) has been the Secretary of the RF Security Council since 2008. He started his career at KGB shortly after graduation and had made all the way to the rank of general (2001) and position of the FSB Director (1999-2008).

Grigoriy V. Romanov (1923-2008, 1953 graduate). A World War II veteran, he became a prominent state and party leader: Secretary of the Regional branch of the Communist Party of the USSR, the ruling party in the Soviet Union, he was the leader of the city of St. Petersburg (then Leningrad) in 1970-1983. After the collapse of the USSR, he continued to be an active member of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, of which he had been one of the leaders.

Vadim P. Loginov (1950 graduate) became a prominent Soviet diplomat and Communist Party figure, an Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador. After a short career in engineering (1950-1953), he started his public service. In 1967, he graduated from the MFA Higher Diplomatic School and made a prominent diplomatic career.

Dmitry S. Nikiforov (1940 graduate) was a prominent diplomat, served as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador in Lebanon (1962-1966), Senegal and Gambia (1968-1973), Director of the Protocol Department at MFA USSR (1973-1986), and was member of the USSR MFA Collegium (1980-1986).


Actors, theater directors, TV showmen

Igor P. Vladimirov (1919-1999), Soviet film and theater actor and director, People’s Artist of the USSR, he studied at LKI in 1936-1941. After the Great Patriotic War broke, he enrolled to the Red Army and defended Leningrad during the Siege of Leningrad. After the war, he continued his engineering career along with which he started his theater education at the Leningrad Institute of Stage Arts and ultimately had switched to a theater career. For 40 years he had been chief director of the famous Lensoveta Theater in St. Petersburg (1960-1999), directed tens of brilliant performances and filmed in many feature films  

Alexander V. Melentyev (1971 graduate), TV director, Head of the television production department at the St. Petersburg Theater Academy (now Russian State Institute of Stage Arts), he graduated from LKI in 1971 but shortly after, he quit the engineering career to start a new one in television. He is author of many stunning documentaries, popular television shows, and television films.

Sergey A. Prokhorov (1981 graduate) switched after a short engineering career to television and acting (1985); in the 1990s – 2000s, he was pretty popular as a TV presenter and co-author of popular television and radio shows in St. Petersburg, including the award-winning “Bluff” show.

Sergey V. Russikin (1981 graduate), got a second higher education at the Directors Department of the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music, and Cinema (G. Tovstonogov’s class). Presently, he is actor of the Comedy Theater and teacher at the St. Petersburg Academy of Theater Arts.  He filmed in more than forty films and thirty TV series,

Nickolay V. Nagorsky (1944-2008, 1967 graduate) got his second higher education at the Theater Institute and made a career in the museum sphere: he had been director of several famous St. Petersburg museums, including Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral. He was elected President of the all-Russia Museum Association and member of the International Museum Council.

Grigoriy M. Kozlov (1981 graduate), still a student, he was actively engaged in the Shipbuilding Institute’s amateur theater under direction of the famous director Igor Tyrshklevich. After three years of engineering career, he got enrolled to the Directors Department of the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music, and Cinema and then continued his career in theater productionлюди/григорий-козлов.

Vladimir Ye. Vorobiev (1937-1999, 1960 graduate) became a prominent director, actor, and script writer.  After three years at Krylov State Research Center, he started his second higher education at the Leningrad Theater Institute.  Later on, he had been the Chief Director of the Theater of Musical Comedy (1972-1988) and is considered the pioneer of the musical genre in the Soviet Union.


Athletes, sports:

Anton T. Sikharulidze is a famous pair skater, 1998 and 1999 Europe and World champion1998 Olympic silver medalist and 2002 Olympic champion. In 2008-2012, he was member of the State Russian Duma, Chairman of the Committee of Physical Culture and Sports. He is a SPbMTU graduate of 2004.

Yuko Kavaguti, Russian figure skater of Japanese origin, represented Japan and Russia in international competitions. She was two-time European Champion (2010, 2015), two-time World bronze medalist (2009, 2010), two-time ISU Grand Prix Final bronze medalists (11–12 and 15–16), and three-time Russian national champion (2008–2010) with Alexander Smirnov. She got her second higher education at the Economic Department of SPbMTU in 2013.

Vladimir A. Kyullenen, an LKI graduate, he was Honored Master of Sports, Soviet sambist and judoist, five-time champion and prize-winner of the USSR Sambo championships, European and world champion in sambo, prize-winner of the USSR judo championship, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR.  He also participated in competitions in Graeco-Roman wrestling.

Ernest N. Serebrennikov became a legendary sportive journalist, first director of life football and other sportive broadcasts at Leningrad television channel, the only non-Moscow based national television channel in the USSR. His reports and interviews have always been distinguished with the depth of judgment and subtle psychological approach to the interlocutor. He also worked as sports commentator and director of sports shows on radio and television. 



Yevgeny I. Zamyatin (1884-1937), was a Russian author of science fiction and political satire. He is most famous for his 1921 novel We, a story set in a dystopian future police state. He studied naval engineering at Saint Petersburg Polytechnic Institute from 1902 until 1908. A well-educated naval engineer, Zamyatin had taken active part in the construction of Russian ice-breakers at the shipyards of Newcastle, Glasgow and Sunderland and visited London. He was one of the main designers of the icebreaker “Saint Alexander Nevsky”, which got the name of “Lenin” after the October Revolution. His literary career first started as a hobby. His novel We became the first work banned by the Soviet censorship board. Ultimately, Zamyatin arranged for We to be smuggled to the West for publication and, later on, he emigrated from Russia.

Andrey V. Kivinov (1986 graduate) chose a police (then militia) career following the Komsomol assignment. Later on, he graduated from the Ministry of Interior Higher Courses and served in the militia in 1986-1998. In 1998, he retired in the rank of Police Lieutenant Colonel and started a journalist and writing career. He is a recognized detective author and script writer, four times recipient of the prestigious TAFFY award in the “Best Russian Series” nomination