Dmitry Borisovich Zimin was born on April 28, 1933 in Moscow.
His father, Boris Nikolaevich Zimin, a research associate at Bauman
State Technical University, was persecuted for political reasons
and was sent to a Soviet penal labour camp in 1935. His mother
worked as a typist. Predecessors of Dmitry Zimin are famous for
making a project of and building the Moscow water supply system, as
well as founding the silk-weaving industry in the Moscow suburbs -
Drezna and Orekhovo-Zuevo; at the beginning of XX century, one of
them (Sergei Zimin) established a private opera theater.
In 1957, Dmitry Zimin graduated from Radio Electronics for Flying
Vehicles School at Moscow Aviation Institute, in 1963 - he got a
PhD, while in 1984 - he got ScD degree.
Dmitry Zimin is an academic at International Telecommunications
Academy, a corresponding member of Russian Academy of Engineering
Sciences and a member of the presidium of the Russian Academy of
Business. He is an author of over 100 scientific studies and
inventions, a winner of the Popov Award given by the USSR Science
Academy (1965) and State Award of the Russian Federation
Mr Zimin has occupied managerial positions in A.L. Mints Institute
of Radio Engineering (RTI) for more than 35 years: he was employed
as head of the laboratory, head of scientific department, director
of the centre for developing radio engineering equipment and deputy
chief constructor of the major ground based radar included in the
missile defense system.
At the beginning of 1990s, Dmitry Zimin with a group of RTI
engineers established a small enterprise "KB Impuls", which made
projects and manufactured radio equipment for civil purposes.
In 1992, he initiated founding the mobile telecommunications
company ZAO VimpelCom (Beeline mobile communications). Headed by Mr
Zimin, VimpelCom made a significant contribution into shaping the
mobile communications market in Russia. The company became one of
the market leaders over several years.
In 1996, VimpelCom, transformed into an open joint-stock company
by the time, became the first company in the new Russian history,
which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Foreign investors recognized VimpelCom as the first Russian
company that fully corresponded to all the international
requirements for business transparency, corporate management and
investor rights protection.
Director General and President at VimpelCom, Dmitry Zimin was a
member of the board at Russian Union of Industrialists and
Entrepreneurs (RSPP) for many years. In 2001, he received the
National Award "Business Olympus" in the nomination "Business
In May 2001, Dmitry Zimin resigned from the position of director
general. Following a decision by the Board of Directors of the
company, he was given a title of "Honorary President and Founder of
Right after the resignation, Dmitry Zimin established the
non-profit Dynasty Foundation to support Russian fundamental
science and education and popularize scientific knowledge.
In 2007, a book "Dmitry Zimin. From 2 to 72, or Picture Book" by
Dmitry Zimin came out.