Alexander Melnikov (politician)

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Alexander Melnikov
Алекса́ндр Ме́льников
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First Secretary of the Kemerovo Regional Committee
In office
17 November 1988 – 22 September 1990
Preceded by Vadim Bakatin
Succeeded by Anatoly Zaitsev
Head of the Construction Department of the Central Committee
In office
1985 – 30 September 1988
Preceded by Boris Yeltsin
Succeeded by Post abolished
First Secretary of the Tomsk Regional Committee
In office
29 April 1983 – 31 January 1986
Preceded by Yegor Ligachev
Succeeded by Viktor Zorkaltsev
Full member of the 27th Central Committee
In office
6 March 1986 – 14 July 1990
Personal details
Born 20 October 1930
Orekhovo, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Died 25 December 2011 (81 years)
Moscow, Russian Federation
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union
Communist Party of the Russian Federation

Alexander Grigorievich Melnikov (1930—2011) — a Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politician; Communist Party high-ranking official in 1986 - 1991; the First Secretary (mayor) of Siberian town of Seversk, the First Secretary (governor) of Tomsk (1983—1986), and Kemerovo regions. In 1990-2000's - head of CIS Ministry Managing department, advisor of the Union State Secretary. One of the leaders of the Communist Party of Russian Federation (1993—2011).

Alexander Melnikov was born on 20 October 1930 in the small town Orekhovo-Zuyevo of Moscow Region in a family of public servants.

In 1953 after graduating from Moscow State University of Civil Engineering at the age of 23 began his career in Siberia where he started working as an engineer on Sovien Nuclear project near Tomsk (firstly the object was called "Post box number 5", later becoming Tomsk-7 town, the future Seversk town). In 1953–1955 was the supervising engineer of Siberian Chemical Plant.

In 1957 got second higher education in University of Marxism–Leninism, later the same year joined the Communist Party.

In 1959—1963 worked as an instructor and then chief of civil construction department in Tomsk-7.

In 1963—1966 - chief of the Executive Committee of Tomsk-7

In 1965 graduated from Higher Party School.

In 1966 was elected the First Secretary (major) of Tomsk-7.

From 1970 to 1983 - on recommendation of Yegor Ligachev worked as the chief of civil construction department of Tomsk Region, deputy secretary and then second secretary of Tomsk Region. (1973–1983). In April 1983 replaced the 'irreplaceable' Yegor Ligachev as the First Secretary (governor) of Tomsk Region.

Since January 1986 chief of the civil construction department in Central Committee of Communist Party in Moscow.

In 1988—1990 moved back to Siberia - worked as the First Secretary of Kemerovo Region, chief of the Kuznetsk Basin.

In 1990—1991 worked in Moscow in Central Committee of Communist Party.

After the collapse of Soviet Union Alexander Melnikov was one of the creators of Russian Federation Communist Party, where he worked as a secretary of Communist Parties Council.

In 1991 - 1994 — CEO of civil construction company Monolitsroi.

In 1996 - 1998 — on invitation of RF Minister Aman Tuleev worked as a chief of Strategy Department in the Ministry of CIS Cooperation.

In 2000 - 2002 — chief advisor of The Secretary of the Union State.

Since 2002 — president of the International Association of Business Cooperation.

Holding the leading positions in Tomsk region Alexander Melnikov made a significant contribution to construction of such towns as Tomsk, Seversk, Strezhevoy, Kedrovy, paid much attention to rural development, improvement of wood, oil, gas and nuclear industries as well as to public needs, thus he is warmly remembered[citation needed] in Tomsk and Kemerovo regions.

Was married, has two daughters, three granddaughters and one grandson.