Rector of Ural State University of Economics, Professor Yakov Silin was awarded the title Honorary Freman of Yekaterinburg.
The decision to confer the honorary title was made by the Yekaterinburg City Duma. The ceremony took place at the cultural and exhibition complex Sinara Center and was timed to the Yekaterinburg Foundation Day.
“Dear fellow countrymen, I have lived in our glorious city for over 40 years. In 1982, as a graduate of a military school, they gave me the choice to go to any city in the country. And I chose Sverdlovsk. I thank the mayor of the city and the deputies who nominated me for this honorary title. And most importantly, I would like to thank all the labor teams that I headed over these 40 years. All these years, I worked for the glory of the city. And I will continue this work for the benefit and glory of Yekaterinburg,” Yakov Silin addressed the audience.
Yakov Silin is the first representative of our university to be awarded the title Honorary Freeman of Yekaterinburg in 56 years.
Yakov Petrovich Silin was born in the village of Sizovka, Glubokovsky district, East Kazakhstan region. Over the years, he served as chair of the Yekaterinburg City Duma, vice-governor of the Sverdlovsk region, and deputy chair of the government of our region. Yakov Petrovich is one of the initiators and authors of the Yekaterinburg Development Strategy adopted in 2003.
Today, Professor Silin is not only the rector of USUE but also the chair of the Public Chamber of Yekaterinburg, vice-president of the Free Economic Society of Russia and head of the Sverdlovsk regional branch of the VEO, and the chairperson of the Sverdlovsk branch of the Assembly of the Peoples of Russia. He has three degrees. He is a retired Colonel, Doctor of Economic Sciences, and RF Full State Counsellor 3rd class.
That day, the title of honorary freeman was awarded to Alexander Novikov, artistic director of the Ural State Variety Theater, Grigori Ivanov, president of the Ural Football Club, Honored Coach of Russia, and Andrei Besedin, president of the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The honorary freemen were greeted by the Governor of the Sverdlovsk region Yevgeny Kuyvashev, the mayor of Yekaterinburg Aleksei Orlov, and the chair of the Yekaterinburg City Duma Anna Gurariy.
“Today, our city is a dynamically developing city. We are implementing important infrastructure projects, such as the Moscow-Kazan-Yekaterinburg highway. New schools are being opened in various areas of the city, and a new student campus is being built. All this allows the city to claim the title of the student capital of Russia. And I am sure that we will all do everything possible to ensure our city remains prosperous for the next 50, 100 and 300 years,” the head of the region said.
The tradition of awarding the title of an honorary freeman of the city has existed in Yekaterinburg since 1877. According to the official portal of the Yekaterinburg administration, they have already awarded this title to over a hundred people.