Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov

Gavriil Kharitonovich Popov (Russian: Гаврии́л Харито́нович Попо́в; born 31 October 1936) is a Russian politician and economist. He served as the mayor of Moscow from 1990 until he resigned in 1992.

Gavriil Popov
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1st Mayor of Moscow
In office
20 April 1990 – 6 June 1992
DeputyYury Luzhkov
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byYury Luzhkov
Personal details
Political partyJust Russia (2007-present)
Other political
Communist Party (1959-1990)
Democratic Russia (1990-1994)
Independent (1994-2001)
Social Democratic Party (2001-2007)
Alma materMoscow State University (1959)


Born to a Greek family in Moscow, Popov graduated Moscow Lomonosov University in political economy. He joined the Soviet Communist Party in 1959 and served as a secretary of the Komsomol committee of his university. Popov remained at the faculty of economics as a graduate student, then docent, and in 1978 became dean of the faculty. Yegor Gaidar, who would become Prime Minister of Russia, was one of his students.

During Perestroika Popov became heavily involved in politics. On April 20, 1990, he became the first democratically elected mayor of Moscow. He resigned from the CPSU later that year, following Boris Yeltsin's lead at the 28th Congress.[1] He resigned in 1992 and was replaced by the vice-mayor, Yury Luzhkov. In January 2010, he and Luzhkov published an article highly critical of Yegor Gaidar.

After 1992, Popov returned to academia. He is now president of the International University in Moscow.


  1. ^ Garthoff, Raymond L. (1994). The Great Transition: American-Soviet Relations and the End of the Cold War. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution. p. 432. ISBN 0-8157-3060-8.


Political offices
Preceded by
Valery Saikin
Mayor of Moscow
Succeeded by
Yury Luzhkov