Maxim Suraykin

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Maxim Suraykin
Максим Сурайкин
Maksim Suraykin (cropped, 2018-03-19).jpg
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ulyanovsk Oblast
Assumed office
18 September 2018
Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communists of Russia
Assumed office
22 April 2012
Personal details
Maxim Alexandrovich Suraykin

(1978-08-08) 8 August 1978 (age 41)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunists of Russia
Other political
Communist Party (1996–2004)
Alma materMoscow State University of Railway Engineering

Maxim Alexandrovich Suraykin (Russian: Максим Сурайкин; born 8 August 1978) is a Russian politician who has been the leader of the political party Communists of Russia since 2012 and member of the Legislative Assembly of Ulyanovsk Oblast since 2018.[1]

Suraykin was Communists of Russia's candidate for the 2018 presidential election.

Life and career[edit]

Suraykin was born on 8 August 1978 in Moscow.[2][3]

In 1993, Suraykin was one of the defenders of the Supreme Council.[4]

In 2000, he graduated from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering.

After graduating, he founded and for ten years ran a computer equipment repair company.

Suraykin worked as a lecturer at the Department of Management of Moscow State University of Railways.

From 1996 to June 2004, he was a member of the Communist Party. He was the Secretary of the Kirov District Committee of the Communist Party of Moscow. He was elected a member of the Moscow City Committee of the Communist Party, a candidate member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, and a delegate of the IX Congress of the Communist Party. Suraykin was part of the leadership of the youth section of the Communist Party in Moscow.

He was elected advisor of the District Assembly of the Tverskoy District of Moscow (1997–1999), and he worked in the Commission on Affairs of Minors.

In June 2002, he was elected Secretary of the Central Committee of the all-Russian public organization "Union of Communist youth of the Russian Federation" (SKM RF) on organizational and personnel work. In November 2004, he became the first Secretary of Central Committee SKM RF.

In 2010, he headed the public organization Communists of Russia and in 2012 the party Communists of Russia.

In 2013, Suraykin was nominated as a candidate at Moscow mayoral election, but he was not registered due to late submission of documents.

In 2014, he ran for Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, and he ran for Governor of the Ulyanovsk Oblast in 2016. Both times, he lost the elections.

In the 2018 regional elections, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ulyanovsk Oblast. On 19 September, he was elected Deputy Chairman of the Legislative Assembly. He joined the Committee on budget and economic policy, as well as the Committee on social policy, local self-government and civil society development.

2018 presidential campaign[edit]

In December 2016, it became known that the Communists of Russia nominated Suraykin for the presidential election in 2018.[5] On 28 May 2017, the Plenum of the Central Committee of the "Communists of Russia" nominated Maxim Suraykin as candidate to participate in presidential election in 2018.[6]

On 24 December Maxim Suraykin was officially nominated at the Communists Russia National Convention. On the same day he submitted to the Central Election Commission.[7]

During the election campaign, Maxim Suraykin strongly criticized the Communist party for the nomination of businessman Pavel Grudinin as presidential candidate. Suraykin said:[8]

Grudinin, according to the Declaration, had an income amounted to 752 million rubles in 2015. Can you imagine how much money he has? Plus, he's the owner of the farm, which in itself is worth several billion rubles. This is a real billionaire. A very rich guy. And I understand if he gave his income to the party, for the benefit of the Communist cause. Still, there are decent people who earn a lot. But he still was a member of "United Russia". If a person earned billions, if the person was in the ruling party (United Russia), and then suddenly changes one's shoes into the Communists, to put it mildly, it is strange. To such a man the question immediately arises. Therefore, it is clear that a large part of the potential electorate would not support such a candidate.

Also, he criticized the leader of the Left Front Sergey Udaltsov for supporting Grudinin:[9]

Pavel Grudinin — he is a true oligarch, a very rich man, and believe that all their activists it perceives as its employees. Just because he was used to such relations, he used to lead, he was to be the psychology of the owner. Therefore, I believe, Sergey Udaltsov is making a big mistake supporting Pavel Nikolayevich and agreeing to be his employee.

In his opinion, this decision is fraught with Sergei Udaltsov that he will turn away his supporters:

I think that many supporters of the "Left front" surprised by the choice of Sergey Udaltsov. They really appreciate what is happening, see this model of relations "chief — subordinate" and are unlikely to want to work on Grudinin. But if in the process of the campaign will emerge new billions of Pavel Nikolaevich, it will be a blow and Udaltsov. But he made a mistake.

At the same time, Suraykin himself was also criticized by the Communist party. He was accused of spoiling, especially after the release of his campaign video and logo, which completely copied the video and logo of Pavel Grudinin.[10]

During the campaign Suraykin made several trips around the country. Following the election, he scored 499,342 votes (0.68%), taking seventh (penultimate) place.

Electoral history[edit]

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes %
2018 Russian presidential election
Turnout: 67.54%
Majority: 47,771,506 (64.92%)
Vladimir PutinIndependent56,430,71276.69
Pavel Grudinin Communist Party8,659,20611.77
Vladimir Zhirinovsky LDPR4,154,9855.65
Ksenia Sobchak Civic Initiative1,238,0311.68
Grigory Yavlinsky Yabloko769,6441.05
Boris Titov Party of Growth556,8010,76
Maxim Suraykin Communists of Russia499,3420,68
Sergey Baburin Russian All-People's Union479,0130,65
2016 Ulyanovsk Oblast gubernatorial election
Turnout: 52.29%
United Russia
Majority: 152,177 (28.87%)
Sergey MorozovUnited Russia286,41154.33
Alexey Kurinny Communist Party134,23425.46
Sergey Marinin LDPR34,6316.57
Olga Goryacheva Yabloko29,2565.55
Oleg Kalmykov A Just Russia13,5092.56
Maxim Suraykin Communists of Russia12,8512,44
Lev Levitas The Greens4,6260,88
2014 Nizhny Novgorod Oblast gubernatorial election
Turnout: 54.49%
United Russia
Majority: 1,242,438 (81.28%)
Valery ShantsevUnited Russia1,328,86786.93
Alexander Bochkaryov A Just Russia86,4295.65
Alexander Kurdyumov LDPR40,1242.62
Maxim Suraykin Communists of Russia32,7942.15
Mikhail Kuznetsov Patriots of Russia14,6220,96
Andrey Zavyalov Great Fatherland Party7,2620,48
Rustam Dosayev Civic Platform6,1030,40


  1. ^ "Сурайкин Максим Александрович". (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-03-13.
  2. ^ "Биография Максима Сурайкина". 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Сурайкин Максим Александрович – досье, все новости".
  5. ^ ""Коммунисты России" намерены выдвинуть кандидата на выборах президента". 25 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Пленум "Коммунистов России" выдвинул Максима Сурайкина кандидатом в президенты". 28 May 2017.
  7. ^ ""Коммунисты России" выдвинули Сурайкина кандидатом на выборы президента РФ".
  8. ^ Муромский, Илья (5 January 2018). "КПРФ совершает огромную ошибку: Сурайкин о выдвижении Грудинина".
  9. ^ Степанова, Марина (3 February 2018). "Сурайкин: Отношения Грудинина и Удальцова — это отношения хозяина и подчиненного".
  10. ^ На центральных телеканалах появился рекламный ролик одного из кандидатов полностью повторяющий предвыборный агитационный материал Павла Грудинина