Popov is a doctor and health manager as well as the chief doctor of the Health Board. He has served as director of the North Estonia Medical Center’s Outpatient Center and will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of West Tallinn Central Hospital from December. He studied medicine at the University of Tartu and psychology in St. Petersburg.
Popov said the recognition was a great honor.
“As this year started, I had no idea that titles were suddenly popping up on my horizon. This is a huge recognition for me. I don’t know if I’m worth it because what I’ve done was done in collaboration with other doctors, colleagues from the health department, the ministry. In fact, everyone living in Estonia has made a very strong contribution because it is not possible to fight the crisis alone. We need a team, “said Popov.
Culture Minister Tonis Lukas said: “In this extraordinary year, it is appropriate to recognize those citizens who have taken responsibility and done more than was expected of them. Arkadi Popov’s clear speech and determined behavior in the fight against the coronavirus were extremely encouraging. He is one of those under whose leadership and as a result of the combined efforts of the entire Estonian people we are still able to enjoy the culture and keep our lives as open as possible.He and other leaders like him make Estonia one safe place to live. “
A total of 12 candidates were nominated for the title “Citizen of the Year 2020”. The honorary title is accompanied by a cash prize as well as a miniature sculpture entitled “Flower of Society” by Reti Saks.
The tradition of being named “Citizen of the Year” was initiated in 2003 by the former Minister for Population Affairs Paul-Eerik Rummo and this year it was presented for the 18th time. Citizens’ Day is celebrated on November 26th and is dedicated to all Estonian and emerging citizens.
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