Maria Gaidar

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Maria Gaidar
Мария Гайдар
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Maria Gaidar, Moscow, 28 September 2006
Born Maria Yegorovna Smirnova
(1982-10-21) 21 October 1982 (age 31)
Moscow, Russia
Occupation Politician
Parents Yegor Gaidar (deceased)
Irina Smirnova
Website
www.mgaidar.ru

Maria Yegorovna Gaidar (Russian: Мари́я Его́ровна Гайда́р; 1990-2004 Smirnova (Russian: Смирно́ва);[1] born 21 October 1982, Moscow) is a Russian political activist and the founder of the Youth movement "DA!" ("Yes!") (Russian: "ДА!"). She is the daughter of former Russian Prime Minister, Yegor Gaidar.[2] On July 23, 2009 she was confirmed as a deputy governor in Kirov Oblast.

She was one of the leaders of The Other Russia organization and Union of Rightist Forces party. She has been a fierce critic of Putin's government and has been briefly detained for involvement in peaceful dissenters' marches and for placing a propaganda poster under a bridge using mountaineering gear.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] In connections with her arrests, she said that "Politics is becoming more dangerous. I think this is a message people want to put across - if you come to such an event, then you are risking your life".[11]

She was actively involved in Russian presidential election, 2008 and manufactured numerous video materials where Vladimir Putin is painted as anti-Christ who leads the world to the nuclear Apocalypse.[citation needed]

In February 2009 she became an advisor to the new governor of Kirov Oblast Nikita Belykh and on July 23 she was confirmed as a deputy governor in Kirov Oblast.[12] Gaidar had previously stated that Nikita Belykh had "sold his soul to the devil" when he accepted the post as governor from president Dmitry Medvedev.[13]

In June 2011, Gaidar announced that she was to resign as advisor due to her admission to Harvard University for a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration.[14]

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