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Biography
Biography

Timofey Gennadevich
Kurgin

President of a charitable
foundation Russian forest

CHILDHOOD
CHILDHOOD

Timofey Kurgin was born in the city of Ramenskoye, Moscow Region, in 1977. Timofey was the second child in the family. Older brother, Alexander, is involved in business. Younger sister Natalia graduated from the Russian Academy of Justice. She worked in her profession for some period, but now she raises two children. Timofey Kurgin spent the childhood in his hometown. He studied at school number 1 and spent almost all of his free time in the boxing gym. He signed up there while being in elementary school and quickly added self-workouts to his regimen.

Remembering the family and childhood, Timofey Kurgin notes that he received a classic Soviet childhood, when families had not a luxury but still a decent living. At the same time, the traditions of Soviet society made it possible to make friends for years among those guys who Kurgin grew up with and was brought up in the same yard. He still maintains warm relationships with many of them.

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SPORTS
SPORTS

Timofey Kurgin started boxing at the age of nine at the «Raduga» sports complex located in the Kholodovo district of the city of Ramenskoye. Kurgin, as he recalls, chose boxing for two important reasons: firstly, his father, Gennady Kurgin, was the USSR boxing champion (1980) and inspired him by personal example, and, secondly, Timofey had a desire to develop fighting qualities that every real man should have.

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The first coach of Timofey Kurgin was Vladimir Evgenyevich Samochatov, a well-known specialist in the city. Timofey Kurgin recalls that he boxed not so well and didn't have good results in training bouts up to 11 years. One of the defining moments in his growing as an athlete was the tournament in Kolomna, where he was invited by his father's friend Mikhail Alekseevich Kozlovsky. Later, Kozlovsky will establish himself as a well-known and successful boxing trainer, he will receive the «Trainer of the Year» award in the ring of the famous Madison Square Garden Arena in New York (USA). In Kolomna Timofey Kurgin met and began to communicate with boxers from the local section, with whom he later worked out in training camps. Also in Kolomna Timofey Kurgin clinched one of the most memorable victories of his childhood. In the final he stopped one of the biggest competitors in his age category, with whom he had even score in their rivalry. Timofey Kurgin says that the victory had caught the attention of the coaches and they allowed him to join the regional boxing team.

As member of the Moscow region team Timofey Kurgin took part in competitions at the federal level. At the age of 14 he won the Council of Russian Trade Unions Championship. At 15, as a part of the «Trudovye rezervy» team, he became the silver medalist of Youth Russian championship.

The prestigious All-Russian boxing tournament in memory of the Master of Sports Yury Kapitonov, which is traditionally held in Lyubertsy, has become special for the character development of Timofey Kurgin. There he got his first purse (10 rubles) and made many friends, with whom he regularly trained at the local «Spartak» gym. It was the Kapitonov tournament that Kurgin, already being a businessman, took as the pattern for tournaments for young athletes who need support and right motivation.

In adolescence, Timofey Kurgin devoted most of his time to training: he practiced by himself and attended the older group class. At that time, the most successful boxers became idols for Kurgin – «Iron» Mike Tyson, «Sugar» Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali, and also, the heroes of popular domestic and foreign movies, first of all – «Rocky» with Sylvester Stallone and «A Fan» with Alexey Serebryakov.

In every interview Timofey Kurgin admits that it was sports that shaped him as a person - taught him to win, to endure and persevere. Kurgin notes that a boxer is «the one who can quickly make the right decisions under the fire of blows». And boxing training calls «an invaluable experience that will be useful to everyone in any kind of occupation».

INDUSTRIALS
TEAM
INDUSTRIALS

Timofey Kurgin follows the performances of famous athletes. Also, helps young prospects from Russia, who are taking the first steps in their careers. Kurgin supports the Industrials sports team among several sports projects.

The Industrials roster includes UFC light heavyweight Nikita Krylov, one of Russia's best young boxers Vladimir Myshev, M-1 Global title challenger Valery Myasnikov, one of the most entertaining and with great mental toughness M-1 Global fighter Alexey Makhno, Fight Nights Global title challenger Maxim Butorin and Fight Nights Global top fighter Kirill Kryukov.

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Timofey Kurgin follows the performances of all the Industrials fighters, visits their fights and regularly communicates with them personally, congratulating them with success and supporting them in case of failures. With the support of Timofey Kurgin, Industrials annually hosts street culture festivals and international MMA-tournaments in cities of Russia, in which accomplished fighters and prospects take part. The Formula for Industrials tournaments gives talented fighters the opportunity to prove themselves and get support to evolve their career.

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Timofey Kurgin emphasizes the importance of holding such tournaments in the regions of Russia, primarily in Siberia, where young people do not always receive the necessary attention and often feel abandoned. He also notes that with the support for young athletes, it is important to pay attention not only to athletic, but also human qualities - intelligence, courage, honesty, the ability to make decisions, readiness to go to the end, self-confidence. One of the main goals of his life Timofey Kurgin considers the support for talented and ambitious guys.

«I met different people. Someone interfered, but there were more of those who supported me and gave me a chance, - says Kurgin. - Not because they wanted to get something in return, but because they saw a young guy who wanted to achieve something in life, striving for something big. At that time I already thought that I also want to give it back when I have an opportunity. This has become one of the goals of my life. It is happiness and joy when there is an opportunity to invest money and time in smart guys. Often, there is a question: Is there anyone to invest in? And, thank God, I am lucky - there is».

FAMILY
FAMILY

Timofey Kurgin met his wife Liliana, First Vice-Miss of Ukraine, on holidays in Yalta in 2001. In 2003, the couple got married.

Timofey and Liliana raise four sons: Dmitry, Ivan, David and Fedor. Liliana Kurgina besides raising children is engaged in charity.

The brothers give all their time to school and sports. Timofey Gennadievich tries to spend as much time with them as possible. Kurgin's eldest son is involved in boxing and already has four fights in various competitions.

«I am glad that Dmitry is involved in boxing, and he likes it, I am glad that he wants to win, - says Kurgin. - He has already proved in his fights that he is not a coward, that he has a fighting spirit. However, I don't look at him as a future boxer only. First of all, it is important for him to be a worthy person and do what he wants. Boxing, undoubtedly, forges the man's character, but it is important to stop at the right time. After all, in boxing you get hit in the head.

Most of all, I want my children to devote their lives to their favorite things to do and they should be passionate about it, because this is the only way to devote yourself to the cause and not to be scattered on unimportant goals. You got to have this fire inside, and I want them to succeed».

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BUSINESS
BUSINESS

«I got my greatest experience in business by solving complex situations. While doing this, I had to participate in the reorganization and the formation of entire industries, but today I consider it as one of my main competitive advantages. Whatever I do, my basic principle is smart and systemic solutions, - says Timofey Gennadievich. - You need to select the team wisely, solve problems wisely, invest money wisely - this is what I manage to do and what I consider my main success. Now I’m more focused on investing in perspective projects».

The Kurgin's main principles in business are decency, the ability to conclude in any circumstances, foresight in making decisions, care for the reputation of his company and decent motivation for employees and partners.

«Quite often I have business visits to other countries and I want the image of a businessman from Russia to change for the better. I want a Russian businessman to be seen as a partner and a man who always fulfills his obligations and who is always true to his word. The one who works hard and who is favorable to cooperate with, - Kurgin tells. - And, of course, one of my main goals is to create long-term business relationships with the world's largest players. For several years my friend and partner is the highest paid athlete in the world, Floyd Mayweather Jr. I would like to develop this cooperation and at the same time work on joint projects with several other well-known businessmen in the world».

One of his most important goals is to lay the foundation for a large structure.

«It is possible that this large building will already be built not by me. But I want to create a basis for its' growth. I am focused on strategic steps that in the future will lead the corporation to the next, global level», - says Kurgin.

THE MONEY TEAM RUSSIA
AND «BOXING ACADEMY»
MONEY TEAM RUSSIA

Timofey Kurgin regularly attends big boxing tournaments in the United States. At one of these events he met the best fighter of our generation - Floyd Mayweather Jr.

A joint project of Kurgin and Mayweather is «The Money Team Russia» company. Its' main goal is the development of boxing and lifestyle trends in Russia.

In 2016, Floyd Mayweather opened the «Boxing Academy TMT» gym in Zhukovka, and now «The Money Team Russia» is working on creating a network of the gyms in Russia. Timofey Kurgin is the only official representative of Floyd Mayweather's company in Russia.

The company has its' own clothing line, in the creation of which famous Russian designers take part. Clothes from «The Money Team Russia» collections are for sale in Russia and abroad.

In 2011, with the assistance of Timofey Kurgin the «Boxing Academy» was opened in Luzhniki. The project is the realization of the idea of Oleg Zhadobin, Timofey Kurgin's friend, who he once met and trained with in the «Spartak» gym. Kurgin bankrolled the opening of the club in Luzhniki, but doesn't consider this project as a business for him.

«We wanted to create the best boxing gym in Moscow, but at the same time to make a gym that is comfortable for visitors of any wealth and status to train. Professional athletes and people who simply like to keep themselves in shape with the boxing training will get there everything they need. At the same time, on the «Academy» basis we have the opportunity to hold both - children's tournaments that are necessary for future high-level athletes, and a large number of corporate events.

For example, in 2018, the grand finale of the «Striking Ten» tournament was very successful. This was the result of all-Russian competitions with more than 12,000 amateur boxers representing companies such as Rostec, Aeroflot, Uralkali and VTB», - says Timofey Kurgin.

In 2015, «Rostec» State Corporation, the «Boxing Academy» and Timofey Kurgin initiated one of the most famous events in the history of Russian boxing - Floyd Mayweather's open workout. The Guinness World Records representatives recorded more than 5,000 people in the arena, and more than 900 participants who worked out with the legendary boxer. That allowed Floyd Mayweather to set a world record in Russia for the most massive open workout.

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Timofey Kurgin finances social and charitable projects in Russia on regular basis. Speaking about this, the businessman displays the following formula for himself: «I invest money in social projects because this is my country, my children live and grow here, I grew up here and that's what a person's attitude to his homeland should be».

In 2017, in the village of Listvyanka of the Irkutsk Region, on the initiative of Kurgin, the chapel of St. Nicholas of Japan was opened. St. Nicholas of Japan is the Archbishop of the Russian Church, the missionary, the founder of the Orthodox Church in Japan.

The chapel was built next to the cemetery of the Japanese war prisoners forming a single memorial complex in commemoration of the important missionary activities of Archbishop Nicholas. The opening of the chapel and the improvement of the cemetery of Japanese war prisoners was a tribute and a response to the attitude of the Japanese to the Russian military graves in the country after the war of 1904-1905.

On September 22, 2018, with the support of Timofey Kurgin, in the village of Shelkovskaya (Chechen Republic), there was an opening of the new Orthodox Church in honor of the holy Great Martyr Barbara. An important fact is that a significant part of the Shelkovskaya population for a long time were representatives of the Terek Cossacks. As noted by Timofey Kurgin, his maternal great-grandfather Ivan Kotlyarov was a Terek Cossack. Timofey named one of his sons in honor of his great-grandfather.

The initiator of the Church complex construction, which includes the first Orthodox school in the Republic, the abbot's house and the refectory building, was the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, who supported the project at all stages of its' implementation.

Daniil Martynov – the security unit assistant of the Chechen Republic head – became the project supervisor from laying the first stone until the end of the mural of the Church.

In the future, the «Russian Forest» Foundation plans to create educational institutions for talented children in Russian regions. One of the important areas for these institutions Timofey Kurgin calls «education in the faith».

«I respect people with any convictions, but I believe that religion helps believers to take more care for any person and consider this person as a brother. It helps to solve many problems and eliminate military, religious and ethnic conflicts. Religion, as conscience and upbringing, can be important restriction, without which doing business and making money in the modern world is extremely dangerous. Of course if being an honest person that children and grandchildren could be proud of is important for you».