Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov

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Gavriil Popov
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1st Mayor of Moscow
In office
20 April 1990 – 6 June 1992
Deputy Yury Luzhkov
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Yury Luzhkov
Personal details
Political party Just Russia (2007-present)
Other political
Communist Party (1959-1990)
Democratic Russia (1990-1994)
Independent (1994-2001)
Social Democratic Party (2001-2007)
Spouse(s) Irina
Children Chariton
Alma mater University of Moscow

Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov (Russian: Гаврии́л Харито́нович Попо́в; born 1936) is a Russian politician and economist. He served as the mayor of Moscow from 1990 until he resigned in 1992.

Popov graduated Moscow Lomonosov University in political economy. He joined the Soviet Communist Party in 1959 and served as a secretary of the Komsomol committee of his university. Popov remained at the faculty of economics as a graduate student, then docent, and in 1978 became dean of the faculty. Yegor Gaidar, who would become Prime Minister of Russia, was one of his students.

During Perestroika Popov became heavily involved in politics. He quit the CPSU in 1990, becoming a staunch proponent of democratization. On April 20, 1990, he became the first democratically elected mayor of Moscow. He resigned in 1992 and was replaced by the vice-mayor, Yury Luzhkov.

After 1992, Popov returned to academia. He is now president of the International University in Moscow.



Political offices
Preceded by
Valery Saikin
Mayor of Moscow
Succeeded by
Yury Luzhkov