Pavel Grudinin

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Pavel Grudinin
Pavel Grudinin (2018-10-24).jpg
Member of the Moscow Oblast Duma
In office
14 December 1997 – 15 October 2011
Personal details
Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin

(1960-10-20) 20 October 1960 (age 58)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Unity (1999–2001)
United Russia (2007–2010)
Communist Party (alliance in the 2018 election)
Alma materMoscow State Agroengineering University

Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin (Russian: Павел Николаевич Грудинин; born 20 October 1960) is a Russian politician and entrepreneur.

Previously he was a Municipal Deputy of the city settlement Vidnoye and Chairman of the Council of Deputies 2017 to 2019.[1][2][3]

Grudinin was the Communist Party's candidate for the 2018 Russian presidential election, but was defeated by the incumbent president Vladimir Putin.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Grudinin was born in Moscow, to Nikolai Konstantinovich Grudinin and Serafima Zinovievna Grudinina (née Pishchik), both agricultural workers who met while studying at the Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy. In 1961 they were sent to the Leninsky District, Moscow Oblast to work at the Lenin Sovkhoz.[5][6] According to Grudinin, his sister, grandmother and son, his aunts, uncles and cousins all worked in the same sovkhoz on different levels, and their "dynasty spent over 250 years in total working" there.[7]

His paternal grandparents were from the Vologda Governorate. His father was born in the Gryazovetsky District and grew up in Vologda.[7] His maternal grandfather was Jewish, from the Volgograd Oblast, who moved to Leningrad and married an ethnic Russian woman; he served as a tank commander during the Great Patriotic War and was declared missing in action in 1944.[8] Grudinin identifies himself as Russian.[9] He belongs to Russian Orthodoxy, but criticizes current ROC for "interference in temporal affairs".[10][11]

After graduating from school in 1977 he entered the Moscow State Agroengineering University as a mechanical engineer, and graduated in 1982.[12] After graduating he began working at the Lenin State Farm (sovkhoz), where many members of his family had already been employed. From 1982 to 1989 he worked there as head of the mechanical workshop, from 1990 to 1995 as deputy director. In 1995 he became the general director of newly formed privately held company ZAO Lenin State Farm, where he also got the blocking shareholding.[13][14]

Since 1997, he was elected three times as a deputy of the Moscow Oblast Duma, where he successfully worked until 2011. In 2001 he graduated from the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, majoring in jurisprudence.

In 2017, he was elected Municipal Deputy of the settlement city Vidnoye. On 9 October 2017, Grudinin was elected Speaker of the Council of Deputies. On 14 February 2019, the Council of Deputies removed Pavel Grudinin from the post of Speaker.[15] And on 26 February, the Council of Deputies dismissed Grudinin from a position of the Deputy.[16]

On 14 March 2019, the Communist party decided to give Pavel Grudinin the seat in the State Duma of Zhores Alferov, who died on 1 March 2019.[17]

2018 Presidential campaign[edit]

2018 Presidential campaign logo

On 23 December 2017, at the XVII Congress of the Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin was nominated as presidential candidate.[18] It was also announced that his campaign headquarters will be headed by Gennady Zyuganov.[19]

Commenting on the nomination of Pavel Grudinin, the leader of the party of Communists of Russia Maxim Suraykin, who also intends to participate in the elections, said:[20]

Have Grudinin, according to the Declaration, in 2015, only interest income amounted to 752 million rubles. 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. Very large. And I understand if he income gave 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 change one's shoes in the Communists, to put it mildly, 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.

Sergey Mironov, leader of the social democratic party A Just Russia (which did not nominate its candidate for election, and supported Vladimir Putin) also criticized the nomination of Grudinin:[21]

In my opinion, they made a mistake, a political mistake, and my long-cherished idea of inevitability in historical perspective, the closest Association the Communist party and A Just Russia with this step, I think this idea is close to its implementation.

Personal life[edit]

Grudinin was married and has two adult sons.[22][23]

On 16 July 2018 Pavel Grudinin divorced his wife Irina through the court. The reason for the divorce was adultery of Grudinin, long concealed from his wife's relationship on the side and kept a second family. In addition to the official family, Grudinin was in a relationship with Ksenia Kutyukhina, who bore him two more daughters in 2012 and 2014.[24]

Electoral history[edit]

2018 presidential election[edit]

Results of Pavel Grudinin by federal subjects
Candidates Party Votes %
Vladimir Putin Independent 56,430,712 76.69
Pavel Grudinin Communist Party 8,659,206 11.77
Vladimir Zhirinovsky Liberal Democratic Party 4,154,985 5.65
Ksenia Sobchak Civic Initiative 1,238,031 1.68
Grigory Yavlinsky Yabloko 769,644 1.05
Boris Titov Party of Growth 556,801 0.76
Maxim Suraykin Communists of Russia 499,342 0.68
Sergey Baburin Russian All-People's Union 479,013 0.65
Source: CEC

Awards and titles[edit]

He was awarded the medal In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow, Thanks to the President of the Russian Federation, an honorary diploma of the State Duma. He has the title of Honored Worker of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.


During an interview with Russian vlogger Yuri Dud, Grudinin made a bet that if he did not receive at least 15% of the vote during the presidental election, he would shave off his moustache. Otherwise, Dud would have had to shave his head. Grudinin indeed failed to achieve his goal and published a video clip that showed the beard-shaving process.[25]


  1. ^ "Директор Совхоза им. В.И. Ленина Павел Грудинин: Мы стали заложниками формулы". (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  2. ^ Грудинина убрали с поста председателя совета депутатов Видного
  3. ^ Закат политической карьеры Грудинина: Совет депутатов Видного лишил его мандата
  4. ^ "Кандидатом в президенты от КПРФ станет не Геннадий Зюганов, а Павел Грудинин". Meduza (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  5. ^ A Fairy Tale Comes True article from Sovetskaya Rossiya, August 1, 2017 (in Russian)
  6. ^ Russian Presidential Candidate Pavel Grudinin - A Self-made Man at database of Russian and CIS industries (in Russian with built-in Google Translate)
  7. ^ a b Grudinin: Stalin is our greatest leader of the past 100 years interview to Yury Dud, February 6, 2018 (in Russian)
  8. ^ A List of Losses scan at OBD Memorial (in Russian)
  9. ^ Интервью с Павлом Грудининым, 23.12.2017
  10. ^ Pavel Grudinin's meeting with electorate in Nizhny Novgorod, 38:00, at the Red Line online TV (in Russian)
  11. ^ Pavel Grudinin: "I'm a project of my parents, not Kremlin" interview at the Free Press online newspaper, February 26, 2018 (in Russian)
  12. ^ "Земляника – ягода победы" (in Russian). 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  13. ^ Красный капиталист: почему КПРФ выдвинула в президенты Павла Грудинина
  14. ^ "Музей клоунов заработал в совхозе имени Ленина". Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  15. ^ Совет депутатов Видного снял с должности председателя Грудинина
  16. ^ Политическая карьера Грудинина окончена
  17. ^ "Грудинин получит депутатский мандат Жореса Алферова" (in Russian). РИА Новости. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  18. ^ Съезд КПРФ утвердил кандидатуру Грудинина на выборах президента РФ
  19. ^ Зюганов возглавит предвыборный штаб Грудинина
  20. ^ КПРФ совершает огромную ошибку: Сурайкин о выдвижении Грудинина
  21. ^ Миронов считает выдвижение Грудинина на выборы политической ошибкой
  22. ^ Кто такой Павел Грудинин
  23. ^ Зюганов видит лучшим кандидатом в президенты Грудинина
  24. ^ Жена Грудинина рассказала о разводе после 37 лет брака
  25. ^ "Payout time! Communist candidate shaves off mustache after losing bet on election result".

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Preceded by
Gennady Zyuganov
Communist Party presidential candidate
Succeeded by