Alexander Medvedev

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For the Russian ice hockey player born in 1979, see Alexander Medvedev (ice hockey).

Alexander Ivanovich Medvedev (Russian: Александр Иванович Медведев; Aleksandr Ivanovich Medvedev) (born 14 August 1955 in Shakhtyorsk, Sakhalin Oblast) is the current Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Russian energy company Gazprom. Medvedev also served as Director-General of Gazprom's export arm Gazprom Export from 2006 until 2014. He is a member of the Coordination Committee of RosUkrEnergo and a member of the shareholders' committee of Nord Stream AG, and was the first president of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), serving from 2008 until his resignation in 2014.[1]


In 1978, he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. From 1978 to 1989 he worked at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations. In 1989–1991 he was a director of the Soviet owned Donau Bank AG in Vienna and a managing director of bank's subsidiary company Inter Trade Consult GmbH. There are speculations that he had an undercover KGB job because he worked at Donau Bank at the same time as Andrei Akimov, another KGB officer and now Gazprombank's chief.[2][3]

From 1991 to 1996 and from 1998 to 2002 he was director of the Austrian IMAG Investment Management & Advisory Group GmbH. Between 1997 and 1998 he was a vice president of the Eastern oil company (Восточная нефтяная компания) in Moscow. Since August 2002, Alexander Medvedev is the Director-General of Gazprom Export (former Gazeksport) and the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of Gazprom.

Since 2008, Alexander Medvedev has served as president of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is also the president of SKA Saint Petersburg hockey club and Russia's representative to the International Ice Hockey Federation Council.

In December 2008, The New York Times reported that at one point Medvedev predicted Gazprom's market value would reach $1 trillion by 2014. He was also reported to have, in light of the subsequent collapse in the market value (down some 76% to $85 billion; from 3rd in the world to 35th), attributed the fall in value to the condition of the Moscow stock market (see Russian Trading System and Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange) and to the global financial crisis.[4]

In 2009, Medvedev stated an interest in acquiring one of three unspecified NHL franchises. In May, he claimed that his representatives spoke with NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, who refused to accept Russian ownership in the league. Daly denied ever being in contact with Medvedev and asserted that the NHL does not discriminate on the basis of nationality among its prospective team owners.[5]

Medvedev has played key roles in Gazprom's opaque intermediaries such as RosUkrEnergo, Centrex Group, Gazprom Germania, and YugoRosGaz.[6]


  1. ^ Merk, Martin (2014-12-01). "KHL: Change of leadership". IIHF.comaccessdate=2015-03-28. 
  2. ^ Putin’s Revolution: The Role of the Intelligence and Security Services in the Revitalization of Russia Ross D. Allen 3/3/2008
  3. ^ Agents in power, St. Petersburg Times
  4. ^ "Gazprom, Once Mighty, Is Reeling" by Andrew E. Kramer The New York Times, 12-30-2008, p. B1 of NY edition.
  5. ^ Klein, Jeff (8 May 2009). "Russian Mogul Clashes With N.H.L. Over Ownership Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Bulgaria's "Overgas," a Russian Spy in Canada, and Gazprom Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 6 Issue: 30 February 13, 2009

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