In another major development, Vizer and Arkady Rotenberg, President of the International Judo Fund and one of Russia's most influential businessmen who is close to the country's President Vladimir Putin, have been nominated to take over as heads of the SportAccord International Convention, the biggest annual gathering of sports leaders in the world.
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Rosspirtprom is part of the financial-industrial empire of the Rotenberg brothers who are friends of Vladimir Putin. Arkady and Boris Rotenberg went to the same judo classes as Putin, but they saw no opportunities to rise above this level. Everything changed in 2000. In late February Arkady Rotenberg through his friend Sergey Zivenko and Viktor Zolotov, chief bodyguard of Vladimir Putin who at that time was acting president, reached the establishment of Federal State Unitary Enterprise Rosspirtprom which united about a hundred state-owned distilleries. At first the "Ministry of alcohol" was headed by Sergey Zivenko. The official partnership of Rothenberg and Zivenko focused on wholesale company Zirot.