Mikhail Abyzov

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Mikhail Abyzov
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Minister of the Russian Federation for Open Government Affairs
In office
21 May 2012 – 7 May 2018
Prime MinisterDmitry Medvedev
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1972-06-03) 3 June 1972 (age 48)
Minsk, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
Alma materSholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities

Mikhail Anatolyevich Abyzov (Russian: Михаил Анатольевич Абызов) is a manager in the Russian energy and engineering industry,[1] He is chairman of the board of directors of Russia's biggest engineering company, E4 Group.


Abyzov graduated from the Sholokhov Moscow State Open Pedagogical University (now Sholokhov Moscow State University for Humanities) in 2000.[citation needed]


Since 1993, Abyzov worked as a top manager in different Russian fuel and power sector companies.[citation needed]

In 1998, he was appointed by the vice-president of the board of directors of Novosibirskenergo. The same year, Abyzov was appointed by a member of the board and the chief of the Department of Investment Policy and Business-Projects of RAO UES. In 1999, he became the vice-president of board of RAO UES. In 2004, in connection with the change of the organizational structure of RAO UES, Abyzov was appointed by a member of the Board of the RAO and operating director business-unit. Since June 2003, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RAO UES municipal systems.[citation needed]

Since July 2005, Abyzov has been the general director of Joint-Stock Company UK Kuzbassrazrezugol. Also, since April 2006, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of British coal company Power Fuel. In July 2007, he received a position as Chairman of the Board of Directors in E4 Group. Also, since August 2007, Abyzov has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Mostotrest.[citation needed]

He was the Minister for Open Government Affairs (2012–2018) in Dmitry Medvedev's First Cabinet.

Personal life[edit]

Abyzov is married, and has two sons and a daughter.[citation needed]


In 2011, Abyzov's company Bright Capital invested $75 million into flexible solar panels maker Alta Devices.[2] Alta developed solar panels to mount on drones, aircraft, etc., in order to allow the vehicle to stay aloft for long periods of time. The company has cooperated with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.[2] The company manufactures robots for automatic assembly of solar photovoltaic plants. Bright Capital invested $15 million as the first investor of the company.[2]

In 2018, Bright Capital's managing director, Mikhail Chuchkevich, was arrested in Russia on suspicion of embezzlement.[2] [3] The Investigative Committee of Russia alleges he embezzled $20 million from the Russian Venture Co. through US-based Alion Energy.[2] [4]


  1. ^ "Абызов Михаил, досье. Журнал "Энергия промышленного роста"". Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e Wood, L. Todd (23 May 2019). "Russian involvement in U.S. high-tech businesses is commonplace". United Press International.
  3. ^ "Ex-Russian minister Mikhail Abyzov arrested on fraud charges". www.ft.com. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  4. ^ Flynt, Nicholas. "Former Russian Minister Charged with Fraud Sees his Assets Seized". www.occrp.org. Retrieved 22 June 2020.

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