Alexander Vinnikov

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Alexander Aronovich Vinnikov
Александр Аронович Винников
Alexander Vinnikov, April 2011.jpeg
2nd Governor of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast
In office
25 February 2010 (2010-02-25) – 24 February 2015 (2015-02-24)
Preceded by Nikolay Mikhailovich Volkov
Succeeded by Alexander Borisovich Levintal (acting)
Personal details
Born (1955-10-06) 6 October 1955 (age 61)
Khabarovsk Krai, RSFSR, USSR
Nationality Russian Jew
Political party United Russia
Profession Teacher
Religion Orthodox Judaism

Alexander Aronovich Vinnikov (Russian: Александр Аронович Винников, born 6 October 1955 in Khabarovsk Krai) is a Russian politician and formerly the governor of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.[1][2]

Political history[edit]

Alexander Vinnikov was the mayor of Birobidzhan, the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.[3][4] The 2004 Birobidzhan mayoral election was held during the same time as the Russian presidential election, 2004. On 14 March 2004, Alexander Vinnikov, the incumbent, faced professor Miron Fishbeyn, and Aleksandr Kurdyukov of the Birobidzhan municipal administration. Alexander Vinnikov won the election.[5]

Jewish community[edit]

Alexander Vinnikov is Jewish. His family arrived in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast in 1947 from Belarus.[6] In 2004, as mayor, he participated in the opening of the new Chabad House and Birobidzhan Synagogue in Birobidzhan.[7] As member of the local kehilla,[8] during the December 2005 candle-lighting of a Hanukkah Menorah, Alexander Vinnikov lit the 'shamash' candle and passed it to the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and Chabad Lubavich representative, Mordechai Scheiner.[9]


According to Interfax, "Lawmakers in Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region have confirmed the appointment of Alexander Vinnikov as the region's new governor. Vinnikov, who was nominated to the post by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on February 8, was supported by 13 deputies out of a total of 16."[10]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Jewish Communities in Russian Far East Host Series of Celebrations
  4. ^ Chapter of Birobidzhan city hall Alexander Vinnikov granted the best students with scholarships
  5. ^ Alexander Vinnikov Wins 2004 Birobidzhan Mayoral Election
  7. ^ Chabad House in Russia
  8. ^ Stalin Has Long Been Dead, but His Jewish Region Lives On
  9. ^ Jewish Autonomous Republic Comes Alight at Chanukah
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