German Sterligov

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German Sterligov
bearded man on horseback
Sterligov in 2009
Native name Герман Стерлигов
Born (1966-10-18) 18 October 1966 (age 51)
Zagorsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Occupation
  • Businessman
  • environmentalist
Website www.sterligoff.ru

German Sterligov (Russian: Герман Стерлигов; born 18 October 1966) is a Russian businessman.

Life and career[edit]

German Sterligov was born in Zagorsk (today Sergiyev Posad), Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He attended college but eventually dropped out.[1] In 1990, during the dissolution period of the USSR, he was instrumental in the founding of the Russian commodities exchange.[2][3] The exchange is named after his dog, Alisa.[1] After starting a successful company at the age of 24, Sterligov became Russia's first official millionaire.[2] His company employed more than 2,500 people and had offices in New York City and London.[4] Thereafter, his wealth amounted to more than one billion dollars. In 1996, Sterligov became more devout in his Russian Orthodox faith,[4] but not without rebuttal of his misogyny by orthodox scholars.[5]

He is a nationalist and has participated in several political campaigns.[4] He ran unsuccessfully for governor of the Krasnoyarsk region in Siberia, and mayor of Moscow.[6] In 2004, Sterligov ran for the presidency of Russia, but his candidacy was prevented by the federal government.[4][7]

During the Financial crisis of 2007–08, Sterligov founded the Anti-Crisis Settlement and Accounting Center, which gave financial support to those exchanging goods and services.[3][8] He also founded a housing commune for farmers and artisans while providing free social and medical services.[6] A staunch anti-abortionist, Sterligov launched a media campaign against abortion throughout Russia in 2010.[9] In December 2010, Sterligov sent an open letter to Vladimir Putin and Dimitry Medvedev, proposing a suggestion to sell Siberia and the Russian Far East to other countries after transferring ethnic Russians to European Russia.[10]

After his unsuccessful attempt to be a presidential candidate, Sterligov sold most of his assets to live in a forest. He was noted for living in a cottage with his family.[2] He told the BBC that he wished to escape "the mercenary atmosphere, the envy and the hustle" of Moscow.[6] The cottage did not have electricity and was accessible only by horse carriage.[4]

In 2015, Sterligov announced moving to the unrecognised Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with his wife and five children. It was reported that he sold most of his assets in Russia prior to moving to Nagorno-Karabakh.[6][11] After settling in Nagorno-Karabakh, Sterligov announced plans to start a farming business and stated that his wife would open a designer store.[12] The move caused anger in Azerbaijan whose internationally recognised borders Nagorno-Karabakh lies within.[11] Later Sterligov openly called for the international recognition of the unrecognised state. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Azerbaijan brought an action against Sterligov for making statements against Azerbaijani statehood and for crossing the Azerbaijani border illegally. As of August 2015, Sterligov's family was back in Russia, while he himself was unable to return due to being wanted by Interpol on Azerbaijan's demand.[13]

Sterligov's lawyer, Arthur Airapetov, stated Interpol had suspended its international search for Sterligov on August 21. In a statement he stated "International police does not search the people wanted for political motives since it contradicts the statute. The Interpol commission has recognized Sterligov's persecution by Azerbaijan as political."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Remnick, David (1994). Lenin's tomb: the last days of the Soviet empire (1st Vintage Books ed.). New York: Vintage Books. p. 312. ISBN 0679751254. 
  2. ^ a b c Stewart, Will (3 January 2009). "It's miserable being an oligarch – I'm happier as a peasant, says man who once challenged Putin". Daily Mail. 
  3. ^ a b "German Sterligov Goes for the Gold". The Moscow Times. 18 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The oligarch who gave it all up". BBC. 27 July 2006. 
  5. ^ Sanfilippo, Giacomo (2018-02-10). "On "orthodox" wife-beating". Orthodoxy in Dialogue. Toronto. Retrieved 2018-02-21. Take the icon of Christ the Bridegroom—ὁ Χριστὸς ὁ Νυμφίος—Христосъ Женихъ—as your one and only model of husbandhood and headship. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Russian Billionaire Intends to Settle in Karabakh". Massis Post. 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Wise, Nancy (2009). "The Benefits of Bartering". Vanderbuilt Business. National Review Online. 
  8. ^ "German Sterligov. A True Story". Rus Business News. October 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ Sperling, Valerie (2015). Sex, politics, and Putin : gender, activism, and political legitimacy in Russia. p. 286. ISBN 0199324352. 
  10. ^ Открытое письмо Президенту Медведеву и Премьер-министру Путину от овцевода Стерлигова
  11. ^ a b "Russian Billionaire Moves to Nagorno-Karabakh, Angering Azerbaijan". Asbarez. 7 July 2015. 
  12. ^ Ghazanchyan, Siranush (8 July 2015). "Russian billionaire intends to start farming industry in Artsakh". Public Radio of Armenia. 
  13. ^ Sterligov Afraid to Go Back to Russia Because of Being Wanted in Azerbaijan. Vesti.ru. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  14. ^ Interpol suspends search of German Sterligov. News.az. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2015.