Oleg Evgenievich Novikov is the president of the “Eksmo-AST” Publishing Group and the “Russian Textbook” Corporation, member of the Presidium of the Russian Book Union, social activist and author of numerous reading popularization initiatives in Russia.
25 years ago Oleg founded “Eksmo”, the legendary publishing house, and in 2012 he became the head of largest publishing house in Russia, "Eksmo-AST". Nowadays "Eksmo-AST" publishes quality literature of all genres.
Thanks to Oleg Novikov Russian readers discovered the books of Zakhar Prilepin, Dmitry Glukhovsky, Evgeny Vodolazkin, Boris Akunin, Daria Dontsova, Tatyana Ustinova, Vladimir Pozner, Victor Pelevin, Paulo Coelho, Haruki Murakami, Stephen King, Chuck Palanick, George Martin, Umberto Eco, and Ray Bradbury.
Oleg Novikov also contributes a huge deal to development of educational literature. The “Russian Textbook” Corporation is a leader among other educational publishing houses by the number of state-approved textbooks. “Russian Textbook” publishes modern textbooks in both paper and digital formats. Among authors and consultants working on those textbooks there are academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences and members of other leading Russian scientific organizations.
Oleg Evgenievich Novikov is the initiator of the National Program for Support and Development of Reading, as well as a number of other projects aimed at reading popularization in Russia. On the initiative of Oleg Novikov and the Russian Book Union book forums are held in all of Russian regions. New reading facilities are opened all over the country — bookshops, libraries and many more. Oleg Novikov opposes copyright infringement on the Internet and advocates the creation of legal content on e-books resources.
In 2015, during the Year of literature in Russia, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin awarded Oleg Evgenievich with a medal for a special contribution to book business.