Ceremonial event held in Podolsk at the monument to V. V. Stekolnikov
On September 24, 2020, in Podolsk, as part of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the nuclear industry, a solemn ceremony of laying flowers was held at the monument to the Hero of Socialist labor, laureate of the State Prize, Honorary citizen of Podolsk, Vasily Vasilyevich Stekolnikov, who had been the Designer General of OKB "GIDROPRESS" for 30 years (from 1962 to 1992) and made a great contribution into the development of the enterprise, the nuclear industry and the town of Podolsk. Along with work on the projects aimed at strengthening the country's defence capability, V. V. Stekolnikov was in charge of design development for dozens of Units with VVER reactors that were created for domestic and foreign nuclear power plants. That was the time when OKB GIDROPRESS became the Leading Organization for VVER Reactor design development, which currently play a key role in the implementation of the strategic tasks of ROSATOM. V.V. Stekolnikov made a great contribution into the social development of the town of Podolsk. A number of residential buildings, kindergartens and an out-of-town health center were constructed. The event was attended by Nikolay Pestov, the Mayor of Podolsk, Head of the town district, Elena Shambarova, top manager for HR at JSC OKB GIDROPRESS, employees, veterans and relatives of V. V. Stekolnikov. In his speech Nikolay Pestov emphasized that the solemn event dedicated to the nuclear industry anniversary was held in the street that bears the name of Vasily V. Stekolnikov near the residential buildings in the town centre that were built with the participation of OKB "GIDROPRESS". The company has contributed not only into the development of the industry, but also to the development of Podolsk. Nikolay Pestov heartily congratulated with the industry jubilee the employees of OKB "GIDROPRESS", for whom the work for the company is their life, destiny and the achievements our country is proud of. He wished OKB GIDROPRESS success and prosperity to Podolsk, the town the Honorary citizen V. V. Stekolnikov used to love and contributed much to. "We got together to pay tribute to the memory and respect to V. V. Stekolnikov and say "Thank you" not only for the beautifully built town, but also for the beautiful ideas that were born and implemented at that time. The engineering designs elaborated at that time are still competitive on the domestic and world markets. V. V. Stekolnikov paid great attention to the education of engineering specialists. A number of the managers of the enterprise began their career and were trained as specialists at the time when OKB "GIDROPRESS" was headed by V.V.Stekolnikov. And now they keep up the traditions of working with the teams that were laid down by Vasily Vasilyevich," said Elena Shambarova, top manager for HR at OKB GIDROPRESS JSC. "For my grandfather V. V. Stekolnikov, his work was his Universe," said Alla Soldatenkova, a representative of the legendary Stekolnikov dynasty, Deputy Director General for Economics at OKB GIDROPRESS in her welcoming speech. - Of course, the family experienced lack of attention due to the fact that he devoted a lot of his time to work. The work of a Designer General is very hard. He is supposed to make the right decision, give the right direction, and make no mistakes. Sometimes he is the only person to do it."