Ella Pamfilova

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Ella Pamfilova
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Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Russia
Assumed office
28 March 2016
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byVladimir Churov
Personal details
Ella Aleksandrovna Pamfilova

(1953-09-12) 12 September 1953 (age 66)
Olmaliq, Tashkent Region, Uzbek SSR, USSR
Alma materMoscow Power Engineering Institute

Ella Aleksandrovna Pamfilova (Элла Александровна Памфилова; born 12 September 1953, Almalyk, Uzbek SSR, USSR) is a Russian politician, former deputy of the State Duma, candidate for president in 2000 and former chairman (2004 - 2010) of the Civil Society Institution and Human Rights Council of the Russian Federation. On 18 March 2014 she became Russia's Commissioner for Human Rights, succeeding Vladimir Lukin. On 28 March 2016 she became the chair of the Central Election Commission of Russia.


Pamfilova started her career on the central repair and engineering works in Moscow as an engineer. She was also the first woman to head the country's state controlled pet food company "Belka," which she oversaw from 1984 to 1986. She went on to become a People's Deputy of the USSR and member of Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

During the period 1991 until 1994, she led The Ministry of Social Care under President Boris Yeltsin. Between 1994 and 1999, Pamfilova was elected three times as member of the Russian Duma.

In 2000 she was the first woman to run as a candidate in a Russian presidential election campaign. However, she faced stiff competition from Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky for the liberal vote, and her share of the vote was very low.

Since 2004 she has been a head of Vladimir Putin's Human Right Commission.

At a State Duma session of October 7, 2009 a MP from United Russia, Robert Shlegel, proposed that the president dismiss Pamfilova from the Human Rights Commission for advocating Alexandr Podrabinek’s rights.[1] The watchdog, led by Pamfilova, had called the protests “a persecution campaign … organized by irresponsible adventurists from Nashi” and said the activists were showing open signs of extremism.[2]


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Political offices
Preceded by
Vladimir Churov
Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Russia
28 March 2016–present