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Sergey Sobyanin
Сергей Собянин
Sergey Sobyanin official portrait.jpg
Mayor of Moscow
Assumed office
21 October 2010
Acting: 5 June – 12 September 2013
Preceded byVladimir Resin (acting)
Yury Luzhkov
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia as Head of the Government Executive Office
In office
12 May 2008 – 21 October 2010
Prime MinisterVladimir Putin
Preceded bySergey Naryshkin
Succeeded byVyacheslav Volodin
Kremlin Chief of Staff
In office
14 November 2005 – 12 May 2008
Preceded byDmitry Medvedev
Succeeded bySergey Naryshkin
Governor of Tyumen Oblast
In office
26 January 2001 – 14 November 2005
Preceded byLeonid Roketsky
Succeeded byVladimir Yakushev
Personal details
Born (1958-06-21) 21 June 1958 (age 63)
Nyaksimvol, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
  • Soviet (1958–1991)
  • Russian (1991–present)
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (1986–1991)
United Russia (2002–present)
Spouse(s)Irina Sobyanina
  • Anna Sobyanina
  • Olga Sobyanina
Alma mater
ProfessionEngineer, Lawyer

Sergey Semyonovich Sobyanin (Russian: Сергей Семёнович Собянин; born 21 June 1958) is a Russian politician, serving as the 3rd Mayor of Moscow since 21 October 2010.

Sobyanin previously served as the Governor of Tyumen Oblast (2001–2005), Deputy Prime Minister of Russia (2005–2008 in Mikhail Fradkov's Second Cabinet) and Head of the presidential administration (2008–2010). Sobyanin is a member of the ruling United Russia political party, and is elected to its higher governing bodies,[1] current member of presidium of Regional Council of the United Russia in Moscow[2] and the head (political council secretary) of the party's Moscow branch from March 2011 to December 2012.[1][3]

He is considered to be a close ally to Russian billionaire businessman Vladimir Bogdanov, Director General of Surgutneftegas.[4][5][6]

As the Mayor of Moscow, Sobyanin has gradually relaxed the massive construction projects of his predecessor Yury Luzhkov, for which he has won acclaim for the "most sane piece of city planning in years."[7] As mayor, Sobyanin created Moscow Media, a holding company for a number of TV channels, radio stations, and newspapers, owned and controlled by the Moscow government.[8][9][10] And he has also won praise for his efforts in combatting corruption.[11] At the same time, Sobyanin was criticized for the banning of pride parades in the city, for which he was strongly condemned by LGBT groups.[12]

Early life and career[edit]

Sergey Sobyanin was born in an ethnic Mansi village of Nyaksimvol in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug (then in the Russian SFSR of the Soviet Union).[13]

After finishing a local school in Beryozovsky District in 1975, Sobyanin matriculated to the Kostroma Technology Institute in Kostroma. On graduation he received an assignment to the large tube-rolling factory in Chelyabinsk. He started working as a machinist there. From 1982 to 1984 he worked with Komsomol in Chelyabinsk.

In 1984, he returned to Kogalym. There, he worked as a vice-chairman of the Kogalym selsovet (lowest level of administrative subdivision in rural areas), in a municipal economy department and local tax administration.[citation needed]

In 1989, he got a second degree in jurisprudence (All-Union Correspondence Institute of Law). His PhD thesis was titled "Legal position of the autonomous okrugs as federal subjects of Russia". On 23 May 2007, at the Institute of Legislation and Comparative Jurisprudence at Government of Russia, defence of Sobyanin's higher doctoral thesis "RF subject in economical and social development of the state" were to take place on the basis of his monograph published shortly before the event. But the defence was cancelled due to an unknown reason. Examination of Dissernet of Sobyanin's doctoral thesis and the monograph of 2007 exposed high level of plagiarism.[14][15]

Political career[edit]

In 1991, he was elected mayor of Kogalym.

Since 1993, he has been the First Deputy of the Head of the Administration of the Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug.

In 1994, he was elected chairman of the Khanty–Mansi Duma.

In January 1996, he became a member of the Federation Council of Russia.

Since July 1998, he has been chairman of the Constitutional Law, Judicial, and Legal Problems Committee.

On 27 October 1996, he was re-elected as a delegate and a chairman of the Khanty–Mansi Duma.

On 12 July 2000 he was appointed the First Deputy of Plenipotentiary of President of Russia in the Urals Federal District.

On 14 January 2001 he was elected governor of Tyumen Oblast. During the campaign, oil tycoon Vladimir Bogdanov was its confidant.[6]

He has been a member of the Supreme Council of the United Russia political party since 2004.

In 2005, Sergey Sobyanin sent a request to the President of Russia about a vote of confidence. That was done in case of the change of the governor assignment procedure. Vladimir Putin nominated him for election by the Duma of the Tyumen Oblast and he was finally reelected on 17 February 2005.

In November 2005, he was appointed a head of the Administration of the President of Russia.

Since 21 October 2010, he has been the Mayor of Moscow.

Awarded a Medal of Honour, church IInd stage order of St. Kniaz Danil Moscowskiy, Medal of Honour in Education, French Republic Medal of Honour in Agriculture.

Laureate of the "2003 Russia's Man of the Year: Politician" prize.

Mayor of Moscow[edit]

Solemn opening of the celebration of the 870th anniversary of Moscow, 9 September 2017

City planning[edit]

The preservation organization Archnadzor criticized Sobyanin for his razing of historical landmarks to make way for contemporary buildings.[16] In March 2012, Sobyanin garnered controversy for doing little to clean up the city side walks.[17]

Moscow housing relocation programme[edit]

Moscow housing relocation programme involves the demolition of dilapidated five-storey blocks of flats and the relocation of their residents to modern housing. The project's aim is to prevent five-storey blocks of flats from turning into hazardous housing unfit for living. The programme stipulates providing the residents of buildings put on the demolition list with equivalent living space with amenities in new buildings in their district.[18]

The list of buildings in the programme includes more than 5000 blocks of flats with a total area of about 16,000,000 square metres and about one million residents.[19]


Sobyanin has in recent years become a major target of controversy in the press. According to an independent poll, most Muscovites believe that since coming to power, Sobyanin's leadership has not differed from that of Yury Luzhkov.[20] He was also helping to renovate the disputed city of Sevastopol, although he was not included in the US or EU sanctions list.

Moscow gay parades[edit]

In February 2011, Sobyanin drew the ire of LGBT groups when he deemed Gay Parades to be "illegal" in Moscow.[21] In response to this act, several gays organised a parade without approval in May 2011, during which 30 gay supporters were arrested, including several foreigners. Acclaimed British actor Sir Ian McKellen heavily criticised Sobyanin for the ban on parades, even going as far as using the word "coward" to describe Sobyanin.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Sergey Sobyanin was married to Irina Sobyanina, a cousin of the Minister for Energy in Mikhail Kasyanov's Cabinet, Alexander Gavrin [ru]. They divorced on 21 February 2014.[23]

The couple have two daughters: Anna (b. 1986) and Olga (b. 1997). He is of Russian and Mansi ancestry.[13][24]


  1. ^ a b "Единая Россия официальный сайт Партии / Кто есть кто". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Единая Россия официальный сайт Партии / Кто есть кто / Президиум Регионального политического совета". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Sergei Sobyanin resigns as political council secretary of United Russia's Moscow branch". 15 December 2012. Archived from the original on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Story of the Day / PressPATROL / Media Monitoring Agency WPS". Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Ежедневный Журнал: Не верю!". Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Toolserver:Homepage". Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  7. ^ Lidia Okorokova (26 May 2011). "Belorusskaya shopping mall axed". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on 8 December 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Медиахолдинг Собянина почти как у "Газпрома" и Берлускони". TV Rain. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Медиахолдинг Собянина почти как у "Газпрома" и Берлускони". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Объединяет и показывает Москва". 30 March 2012. p. 9. Retrieved 11 September 2018 – via Kommersant.
  11. ^ "Sobyanin Vows to Fight Corruption". The Moscow Times. 19 October 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Dozens arrested, including Americans, during illegal gay rights demonstration in Moscow". The Lincoln Tribune. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow's High Priest of Urban Renewal, Is Biding His Time". The Moscow Times. 6 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Published results of the expertise of Sergey Sobyanin's monograph on Dissernet server". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Russia's Top Investigator Accused of Plagiarism". Sputnik News. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Catholics Re-Mobilize Against Brooklyn Museum "Hide/Seek" Show, Europe's Oldest Painting Discovered, and More | BLOUIN ARTINFO".
  17. ^ "Snow, Chilly Temperatures Expected to Persist Until April". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Meeting with Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Sergei Sobyanin approves Moscow Housing Relocation Programme / News / Moscow City Web Site". 1 August 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  20. ^ Nathan Toohey (13 October 2011). "Poll: no improvement under Sobyanin". The Moscow News. Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  21. ^ "No gay parades in Moscow – Mayor Sobyanin". RIA Novosti. 16 February 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  22. ^ "McKellen Calls Moscow Mayor a Coward". The Advocate. Archived from the original on 28 May 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2011.
  23. ^ "Мэр Москвы Сергей Собянин разводится". Vedomosti.
  24. ^ Keith McCloskey (2013). "Mountain of the Dead: The Dyatlov Pass Incident". The History Press. p.46. ISBN 0752494074

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