Announced on 23 September, 2016, during the First Moscow Financial Forum were the best professionals and experts in the area of public finances of the Russian economy.

The Forum organisers (the Russian Ministry of Finance and Moscow Government) and also its participants (representatives of the professional and expert community) marked high achievements of their colleagues representing federal and regional authorities, as well as relevant government agencies, in several nominations. In particular, the representatives of the country’s main financial department found the performance of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation to be the best among federal executive bodies in the area of financial management quality monitoring.

The Committee for Finance, Tax and Credit Policies of the Altai Territory Administration was awarded for high quality of regional finance management and the Finance Department of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug – for efficiently organised inter-budgetary relations at the regional level. The highest professional assessment was also given to Vyacheslav Kuzin, First Deputy Governor of the Vladimir Region, Director of the Department for Finance, Budgetary and Tax Policies of the Vladimir Region, for his contribution to the development of the public finance system.

According to the openness rating of budgets in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation for 2014–2016, the Ministry of Finance of the Orenburg Region was declared winner in the Forum’s nomination “Open Budget of a Constituent Entity of the Russian Federation”.

The experience of the Kolomna Urban District Administration (Moscow Region) in municipal finance management was recognised as the best financial practice at the municipal level.

Winners in the Forum’s nomination “Young Professionals” were young specialists working in the public finance area. The best youth representatives included Alexandra Pugacheva, Consultant, Insurance Regulation Division, Financial Policy Department, Russian Ministry of Finance; Anastasia Pronina, Consultant, Industry Control and Auditing Methodology Division, Department for Internal Control (Audit) and Performance Assessment, Federal Treasury; Vitaly Rogachev, Deputy Manager, Office Audit Department No. 4, FTS of Russia Inspectorate No. 18 for Moscow; Yevgenia Popovich, Chief State Customs Inspector, Customs Duty Relief Administration, General Directorate of the Federal Customs Revenues and Tariff Regulation; Lyubov Botova, Consultant, Division for Methodological Support of Information Interaction in the Area of Budgetary Legal Relations, Informatisation Directorate, Moscow City Treasury, Moscow Department of Finance; Alexander Klimochkin, Deputy Manager, Division for the Budget of the Republic of Karelia and Federal Budget Relations, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Karelia; Vadim Dobrydnev, Deputy Manager, Division for Fiscal Control of Municipal Facilities, Financial Department, Khabarovsk Administration.

Besides, the programme of the First Moscow Financial Forum included awarding the winners in specialised contests, namely the contest involving projects for budget presentation to people and the contest “Open Public Financial Data “BudgetApps”. The Ministry of Finance of Perm Territory was awarded a diploma in the nomination “The Best Proposal for Budget Presentation to People” for the project “Transparent Budget of Perm Territory. New Modules”. A group of 3rd year students of the Finance and Economics Department of the Finance University at the Government of the Russian Federation, including Vladislav Voznesensky, Ivan Rakovsky and Anastasia Fomicheva, won the above Forum’s nomination with the project “Methodology for Preparing a Rating of Municipal Entities by the Level of Transparency of the “Budget for People”. Alexander Minibaev, a designer of the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper (best visual presentation), and Maria Ivanova, a student of NRU HSE (best software product or Internet project), were awarded for projects for the use of open public financial data.

The organisers expect that such large-scale summing up of the year’s results will become annual and help reveal outstanding practices in the field of public finance management and pay tribute to managers and civil servants who promote transparent, open and advanced financial relations.