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Alexander Vasilyevich Berdnikov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Васи́льевич Бе́рдников; born April 8, 1953 in Gorno-Altaysk) is a Russian politician, current Chairman of the Government of the Altai Republic, and the head of the republic.

Alexander Berdnikov
Александр Бердников
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4th Head of the Altai Republic
In office
26 January 2006 – 20 March 2019
Preceded byMikhail Lapshin
Succeeded byOleg Khorokhordin (acting)
Personal details
Born (1953-04-08) April 8, 1953 (age 66)
Gorno-Altaysk, Gorno-Altai AO, USSR
Political partyUnited Russia
ProfessionBorder guard

He took office on January 20, 2006. He was a candidate in the December 2001 election for that position, receiving 9.6% of the vote and coming in sixth place. In 2004, a new law stopped direct elections for Russian administrative division leaders. In December 2005, Berdnikov was nominated by Vladimir Putin and confirmed by the State Assembly of the Altai Republic, succeeding Mikhail Lapshin.

His 12-year term has been plagued by multiple scandals,[1] such as the Altaigate scandal.[2]


  1. ^ "Incomprehensible 'unsinkability'. Perpetual Head of Altai Republic to run for yet another term?". Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  2. ^ "Алтайгейт. Последняя глава". Новая газета - (in Russian). Retrieved 2018-09-08.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mikhail Lapshin
Head of the Altai Republic
Succeeded by