Stas Misezhnikov

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Stas Misezhnikov
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Date of birth (1969-02-28) 28 February 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Moscow, Soviet Union
Year of aliyah 1982
Knessets 17, 18
Party represented in Knesset
2006–2013 Yisrael Beitenu
Ministerial roles
2009–2013 Minister of Tourism

Stas Misezhnikov (Hebrew: סטס מיסז'ניקוב‎; Russian: Стас Мисежников, born 28 February 1969) is an Israeli politician who served as a member of the Knesset for Yisrael Beiteinu and as the country's Minister of Tourism.

Biography[edit]

Born in Moscow in the Soviet Union (today in Russia), Misezhnikov made aliyah to Israel on 7 September 1982. In 1992 he gained a BA in social and political sciences from Tel Aviv University. Eight years later he was awarded an MA in business administration and marketing by the same institution. Between 1997 and 1999 he worked as a parliamentary aide in the Knesset, and then from 1999 until 2006 as a marketing manager at Clalit.

In 2003 he became a member of Rishon LeZion city council, on which he served until 2006. For the 2006 Knesset elections he was placed sixth on the Yisrael Beiteinu list,[1] and became a Knesset member when the party won 11 seats. He retained his seat in the 2009 elections, for which he was placed third on the party's list. Following the election he was appointed Minister of Tourism in Binyamin Netanyahu's government.[2]

The Israeli Embassy in Madrid called his visit to Spain an embarrassment after Misezhnikov allegedly canceled a dinner with business contacts in favor of private partying. Misezhnikov hotly denied the charge, claiming he was stuck at a Holocaust memorial event.[3] There was further controversy in October 2010 when Misezhnikov was accused of politicizing a forthcoming OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem, when he stated that by holding a meeting in Jerusalem, the OECD recognized the city as Israel's capital.[4] The Israeli government intervened and the head of the Knesset Committee on Jerusalem called Misezhnikov as a "diplomatic neophyte".[5]

In the aftermath of the 2012 Burgas bus bombing, Misezhnikov traveled to Bulgaria in an effort to maintain its tourism connections with Israel. He met with Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and President Rosen Plevneliev.[6]

On 4 December 2012, it was announced that Misezhnikov would not be a candidate for the 2013 Knesset elections.[7]

Controversy[edit]

A Channel 2 report cited anonymous former bodyguards of Misezhnikov's who claimed that the minister regularly went out drinking and attended strip clubs. They also alleged that Misezhnikov nightlife habits caused him to miss an emergency cabinet meeting on the Gilad Shalit negotiations. Misezhnikov denied the allegations and claimed he had been cleared of wrongdoing in an investigation by the Israeli Civil Service Commission.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Candidates: Yisrael Beiteinu Knesset website
  2. ^ "Netanyahu sworn in as Israel's prime minister". Haaretz (Israel). 31 March 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Sofer, Roni (1 February 2010). "Embassy in Madrid calls Minister Misezhnikov's visit 'embarrassing'". Ynetnews. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Ravid, Barak; Irit Rosenbaum (9 October 2010). "OECD chief warns: Jerusalem conference could be canceled". Haaretz (Israel). Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Somfalvi, Attila (9 October 2010). "MK Shai slams Misezhnikov as diplomatic neophyte". Ynetnews (Israel). Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Kalman, Aaaron (22 July 2012). "Israeli tourism minister to hold ceremony at site of Burgas terror attack". Times of Israel (Israel). Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Gabe (4 December 2012). "Tourism minister bids farewell". Times of Israel. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  8. ^ Zeiger, Asher (11 September 2012). "Former bodyguards describe nightclub visits, drunken stupors of tourism minister". Times of Israel. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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