Anatoly Pakhomov

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Anatoly Pakhomov
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Mayor of Sochi
In office
26 April 2009 – 9 September 2019
Preceded byVladimir Afanasenkov
Succeeded byAlexey Kopaigorodsky
Personal details
Born (1960-09-02) 2 September 1960 (age 59)
Novoarkhangelskaya, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR, USSR
Political partyUnited Russia
Alma materKuban State Agrarian University

Anatoliy Nikolayevich Pakhomov (Russian Анатолий Николаевич Пахомов) (born 1960 in Krasnodar Krai) is a Russian politician. He is currently the mayor of Sochi.[1]

Pakhomov served as the mayor of the town of Anapa from 2005 until 2008.[2] In October 2008 Pakhomov became the fourth occupant of the mayoralty of Sochi since the announcement of the city as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.[3]

On 24 March 2009 the United Russia party announced that Pakhomov would be its candidate for the April 26 elections for mayor of Sochi.[4] On 27 April 2009 it was announced that Pakhomov had won the election with 77% of the vote.[1] Boris Nemtsov, who came second with around 14% of the vote, contested the fairness of the election, alleging that he was denied media access and that government workers had been pressured to vote for Pakhomov.

Pakhomov received the Olympic flag from IOC president Jacques Rogge at the 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony.[5]

Prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Pakhomov claimed that homosexuality was not accepted in the Caucasus and that there were no gay people in Sochi.[6][7]

In August 2019, Pakhomov announced that he would not run for a new term. His term of office ended on 9 September 2019, and Alexey Kopaigorodsky was elected the new mayor of Sochi.[8][9]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2014, Pakhomov was awarded the Paralympic Order.[10]


  1. ^ a b Unknown (2009-04-27). "Pro-Putin mayor elected in Sochi". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  2. ^ Исполняющим обязанности Сочи назначен Анатолий Пахомов (in Russian). 20 January 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  3. ^ И.о. главы Сочи Анатолий Пахомов стал кандидатом на пост мэра от «Единой России» (in Russian). Retrieved 2014-01-28.
  4. ^ Unknown (2009-04-15). "United Russia Backs Acting Mayor in Sochi Vote". Moscow Times. Retrieved 2009-04-15.
  5. ^ Crary, David (2010-02-28). "Organizers seek upbeat end to bittersweet Olympics". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  6. ^ "Sochi 2014: No gay people in city, says mayor". BBC News. 26 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Sochi mayor tells BBC: No gay people in our town". BBC News. 27 January 2014.
  8. ^ Ольга Десятова (2019-08-29). "Мэр Сочи не будет баллотироваться на третий срок" (in Russian). Эфкате. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  9. ^ "Депутаты Городского Собрания избрали главу Сочи" (in Russian). Администрация города Сочи. Retrieved 2019-09-17.
  10. ^ "The Paralympic Order". Paralympic Movement. Retrieved 1 October 2017.