Andrei Vladimirovich Bogdanov

Andrey Vladimirovich Bogdanov (Russian Андре́й Влади́мирович Богда́нов) (born January 31, 1970) is a Russian politician. He is the chairman of the Communist Party of Social Justice and a prominent Freemason, serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Russia since 2007.[1][2] As a candidate for the 2008 presidential election, he received 968,344 votes or 1.30% of the Russian electorate.[3]

Andrei Vladimirovich Bogdanov
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Personal details
Andrei Vladimirovich Bogdanov

(1970-01-31) 31 January 1970 (age 50)
Mozhaysk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunist Party of Social Justice
Spouse(s)Irina Bogdanova

Political careerEdit

Bogdanov began his political career in 1990, when he joined the Democratic Party of Russia. He ascended to the leadership of the party in 2005, after he was elected at the 19th party congress.[4]

Russian president Vladimir Putin described Bogdanov as "an ambitious young man with progressive views".[5]

2008 presidential campaignEdit

Bogdanov was a presidential candidate in Russia's 2008 election.

During his campaign he showed support for Russian integration with Europe and for less state involvement in the economy.[6]

The British newspaper Times Online articulated suspicions that Bogdanov could be a puppet candidate used by the government in an attempt to make the elections appear legitimate.[7] Bogdanov dismissed these claims as "fantasies".[3] Nonetheless, many serious political commentators have described Bogdanov as a decoy carefully positioned by Putin to split and distract political opposition, whilst a 2012 article published by the Institute of Modern Russia (IMR) described Bogdanov as a "well-known Kremlin shill", or confidence trickster's decoy.[8] The IMR associates Bogdanov with more than thirty new political parties, stating "According to Kremlin operatives, the creation of dozens of new parties will confuse voters, split the opposition vote, and hand the ruling party a victory even with significantly reduced support." Other external commentators have accused Bogdanov, and his political parties, of being controlled by the Kremlin, so as to give an appearance of democracy.[9]:78

After 2008 electionEdit

In November 2008, the Democratic Party of Russia was disbanded and its followers joined the ranks of the new party Right Cause, which united supporters of right-wing West-oriented Russian liberalism. At the same time Bogdanov founded the Andrei Bogdanov Centre, an independent non-profit organization for the development of social technologies, which in many respects became a successor to the Democratic Party.[10]

Bogdanov entered the race for the mayorship of Sochi on 25 March 2009.[11] However, he withdrew from the election on 13 April 2009, urging his supporters to vote instead for acting mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, the government-backed pro-Putin[12] candidate.[13]

In 2014 Bogdanov became the leader of the Communist Party of Social Justice. He had previously been the leader of the Democratic party, whose current leadership team also includes Bogdanov's son, Timur Bogdanov, according to the party's website.[14]

2018 presidential campaignEdit

In September 2017, Bogdanov declared his intention to participate in the 2018 Presidential Election,[15] but his candidature was cancelled after he failed to submit the necessary registration papers to the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.[16]


On 30 June 2007 Andrei Bogdanov was elected and took office as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Russia.[17] During the election and inauguration, representatives of the United Grand Lodge of England (the world's oldest Grand Lodge) and several American Grand Lodges were present. The Grand Lodge of Russia, headed by Andrei Bogdanov, is recognized by the "Commission for the Recognition of the Conference of Grand Lodges (Grand Masters) of North America" as corresponding to "standards of recognition".[2][18] Andrei Bogdanov is publicly open about his practice of Freemasonry and has given interviews in the media as the Grand Master of the GLoR.

In July 2010, Andrei Bogdanov was re-elected to the post of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Russia until 2015.[1] He is a member of the 33° Scottish Rite.

In September 2010 Bogdanov was admitted to the Holy Royal Arch in the Royal Somerset House & Inverness Chapter (London) in the United Kingdom. He subsequently began establishing Royal Arch Freemasonry in Russia.[19]

On 28 March 2015, at the GLoR annual assembly, Andrei Bogdanov was again re-elected as the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Russia. According to the General Regulations of the GLoR, Andrei Bogdanov will hold the post of Grand Master for a further 5 years, until 2020.[1] At that point he will have held the office continuously for 13 years.

Personal lifeEdit

Bogdanov is married to Irina Bogdanova. Their son Timur Bogdanov works with his father on several political projects. Bogdanov is a member of the Russian Orthodox Church.


  1. ^ a b c С. П. Карпачёв «Искусство вольных каменщиков», «ИПК Парето-Принт», 2015 год, 95 стр. ISBN 978-5-990-54931-9
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  3. ^ a b Conor Sweeney, "Presidential candidate Bogdanov denies Kremlin ties," Reuters (Jan 30, 2008). Retrieved 10-12-2013.
  4. ^ "Profile: Russian presidential candidate Andrei Bogdanov". Xinhua. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  5. ^ Abdullaev, Nabi. "Bogdanov Campaigns With Grandmother". The Moscow Times. Archived from the original on 6 March 2008. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  6. ^ Nabi Abdullaev (2008-02-26). "Bogdanov Campaigns With Grandmother". Moscow Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  7. ^ Tony Halpin (2008-02-29). "Q&A: Russia's presidential election". London: Times Online. Retrieved 2008-02-29. many suspect that the Kremlin has put him on the ballot to ensure that there were at least two candidates, in compliance with Russian law
  8. ^ Kara-Murza, Vladimir. "Russia's New Parties: First Results of "Political Reform"". Institute of Modern Russia (IMR). Retrieved 4 April 2018. It is believed that several new parties have been established with the participation of well-known Kremlin shill Andrei Bogdanov.
  9. ^ Howard, Rick (2009). Cyber Fraud: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (First ed.). CRC Press / Auerbach Publications. ISBN 9781420091281.
  10. ^ Site of the “Andrei Bogdanov Centre” Archived May 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Nikolaus von Twickel, "Bogdanov Joining Sochi Mayor Race," The Moscow Times (26 March 2009). Retrieved 10-12-2013.
  12. ^ Unknown (27 April 2009). "Pro-Putin mayor elected in Sochi". BBC News. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  13. ^ Anna Malpas, Lebedev Expelled from Sochi Race The Moscow Times (14 April 2009). Retrieved 10-12-2013.
  14. ^ Andrey Bogdanov became the main Communist
  15. ^ RIA Novosti, "Политолог Богданов намерен баллотироваться в президенты в 2018 году" RIA Novosti (10 September 2017). Retrieved 11-14-2017.
  16. ^ "Сведения о проводящихся выборах и референдумах". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  17. ^ Сергей Карпачев. Масоны. Словарь. Великое искусство каменщиков. — М.: «АСТ: Олимп», 2008. — с. 82. — ISBN
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  19. ^ "History of the Chapter". Royal Somerset House & Inverness Chapter. Retrieved 3 April 2018.