Victor Alekseevich Zubkov in an armchair of prime-minister is a far not casual person. He is an old friend of Vladimir Putin, they were together in 1990th years in the mayoralty of St.-Petersburg at Anatoly Sobchak. Even earlier, at the end of 1980th years, being on party work in Leningrad region, Zubkov helped Vladimir Putin, Nikolay Patrushev and Vladimir Yakunin to receive sites in well-known country cooperative society "Ozero". Since then between Putin and Zubkov there is a strong man's friendship. So, according to the magazine "Profile", in October, 2003 Victor Zubkov was one of the few invited to the birthday party of Vladimir Putin, he even took part in snuffing out candles on a cake.