The Zimin Foundation is a non-for-profit organization established by the Zimin Family with the aim to support education and science.
Historically the Zimin Family focused its philanthropic activities on Russia operating through the Dmitry Zimin Dynasty Foundation. The Zimin Foundation continues those activities to some extent. However, The Zimin Foundation does not limit itself geographically to Russia and extends its activities to different countries.
Dr. Dmitry Borisovich Zimin (1933-2021) is the Founder and Honorary President of Vimpelcom (brand “Beeline”), the first Russian company listed in 1996 on NYSE through IPO, and which since then has become VEON group.
Dr. Dmitry Zimin retired and sold his controlling stake in Vimpelcom in 2001. Since then, Dr. Zimin devoted majority of his time to philanthropic activities founding the Dmitry Zimin Dynasty Foundation in 2002.
In 2007 Dr. Zimin transferred nearly 90% of his wealth to an endowment. Although the Zimin Family retains a decisive vote on giving from the endowment, neither Dr. Zimin, nor his heirs may benefit from it.
The Carnegie Trust recognized these efforts in 2013 with Dr. Zimin becoming the first Russian philanthropist to be awarded the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy.
In 2015 Dr. Zimin was honored by the award “For Commitment to Science” by the Ministry of Science and Education of thе Russian Federation.
Dr. Zimin’s commitment to philanthropy is shared by his son Boris Zimin who is actively involved is the family's philanthropic activities.
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