Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov
|1st Mayor of Moscow|
20 April 1990 – 6 June 1992
|Preceded by||Office created|
|Succeeded by||Yury Luzhkov|
|Political party||Just Russia (2007-present)|
|Communist Party (1959-1990)
Democratic Russia (1990-1994)
Social Democratic Party (2001-2007)
|Alma mater||University of Moscow|
Popov graduated Moscow Lomonosov University in political economy. He joined the Soviet Communist Party in 1959 and served as a secretary of the Komsomol committee of his university. Popov remained at the faculty of economics as a graduate student, then docent, and since 1978 he became dean of the faculty. Yegor Gaidar, who would become Prime Minister of Russia, was one of his students.
During Perestroika Popov became heavily involved in politics. He quit the CPSU in 1990 becoming a staunch proponent of democratization. On April 20, 1990, he became the first democratically elected mayor of Moscow. He resigned in 1992 and was replaced by the vice-mayor, Yury Luzhkov.
After 1992, Popov returned to the academia. He is now president of the International University in Moscow.
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