Aleksandr Zharov

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Aleksandr Zharov
Александр Жаров
Alexander Zharov (2018) - 1.jpg
Head of Roscomnadzor
Assumed office
May 3, 2012
Personal details
Born (1964-08-11) August 11, 1964 (age 54)

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Zharov (also spelled Alexander Zharov;[1] Russian: Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Жа́ров) is a Russian politician. The head of Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) since 3 May 2012.


Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Zharov was born on 11 August 1964 in Chelyabinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Zharov studied medicine at the Chelyabinsk Medical Academy and graduated in 1987. His specialization is anesthesiologist and intensive care specialist. He worked at the Chelyabinsk Regional Clinical Hospital from 1987 to 1996.

He moved to Moscow in 1997 and worked for one year at the "Family Doctor: Practical Medical Advice" magazine. Later career:[2]

In April 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on him and 23 other Russian nationals.[4][5]


Zharov is married, his wife is a businesswoman, her name and business are not officially disclosed. They have 6 children.[6]


Zharov has the class rank [ru] of 1st Class Government Councilor of State [ru].[2]

Public image[edit]

Zharov is periodically criticized as the head of Roskomnadzor and within the scope of activities of this organization, sometimes called a "watchdog" threatening the media freedom in Russia, particularly the Internet in Russia (Runet).[7]
Zharov argues that neither himself nor his organization initiate new limitations but has to follow existing laws and court rulings. He says in a private interview:[8]

A chastener punishes innocents and Roskomnadzor punishes guilty ones. Unfortunately we have such a function and if we don't execute it then we worth nothing as a service for supervision.

Zharov became a Candidate of Sciences in 2004, his thesis was on "Medico-hygienic bases forming a healthy way of life in the Russian Federation" (Russian: "Медико-гигиенические основы формирования здорового образа жизни в Российской Федерации"). Upon analysis made by Dissernet, a substantial part (52 pages out of 145) has been taken unaltered or slightly altered from two state reports of the Ministry of Health (1998, 2002). Such reports as official documents of state government agencies are in public domain in Russia yet they have been used without attribution.[9]


  1. ^ "Alexander Zharov, Head of Roscomnadzor, meets with Facebook's Official". Roskomnadzor. August 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Жаров Александр Александрович". ГиМУ.
  3. ^ "Уроженец Челябинска Александр Жаров назначен главой Роскомнадзора". May 5, 2012.
  4. ^ "Ukraine-/Russia-related Designations and Identification Update". United States Department of the Treasury. 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  5. ^ "США ввели санкции против семи российских олигархов и 17 чиновников из «кремлевского списка»" [The US imposed sanctions against seven Russian oligarchs and 17 officials from the "Kremlin list"]. Meduza (in Russian). 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  6. ^ "Жена главы Роскомнадзора в 2013 г. купила 5 квартир". CNews. May 12, 2014.
  7. ^ "Russia blocks access to LinkedIn over foreign-held data". The Guardian. November 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "'Каратель наказывает невинных, а Роскомнадзор — виновных'". Znak. April 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "Экспертиза: Жаров Александр Александрович". Диссернет. December 28, 2013.