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The Governor of Saint Petersburg (Губернатор Санкт-Петербурга) is the head of the executive branch of Saint Petersburg City Administration. The governor's office administers all city services, public property, police and fire protection, most public agencies, and enforces all city and state laws within Saint Petersburg.

Governor of the City of Saint Petersburg
Губернатор Санкт-Петербурга
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Incumbent
Alexander Beglov

since September 18, 2019
StyleHis Excellency, Mr. Governor
StatusHead of the Executive branch of Saint Petersburg
ResidenceSmolny Institute, Saint Petersburg
SeatSmolny Institute
Term length5 years
Constituting instrumentCharter of Saint Petersburg
PrecursorGovernor-General of Saint Petersburg Province
Inaugural holderAlexander Menshikov
FormationMay 30, 1703 (316 years ago)
SuccessionDeputy Governor
Salary9.7 million rubles ( $146,290)
WebsiteOffice of the Governor
The Smolny Institute, The governor's office

The governor's office is located in Smolny Institute and has jurisdiction over all districts of the City of Saint Petersburg. The governor appoints many officials, including deputy governors and directors (heads of city departments).

Under the Soviet regime, until 1991 the head of the city administration was called Chairperson of the Executive Committee. Between 1991 and 1996, the head of the administration was called Mayor after which they were called Governor. Between 1991 and 2006 the mayor/governor was elected by direct vote of city residents. Between 2004 and 2014, the governor was nominated by the President of the Russian Federation and approved (or disapproved) by the City Legislative Assembly,[1] and since 2014 the governor has been elected by popular vote of city residents.

List of heads of administration of Saint PetersburgEdit

Chairpersons of the Executive Committee (1917–1991)Edit

No. Portrait Name Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office
1   Leon Trotsky 25 October 1917 11 December 1917 Communist Party
2   Grigory Zinoviev 13 December 1917 12 July 1926 Communist Party
3   Nikolay Komarov 12 July 1926 7 January 1930 Communist Party
4   Ivan Kodatsky April 1930 January 1937 Communist Party
5   Vasily Shestakov January 1937 March 1937 Communist Party
6   Aleksey Petrovsky September 1937 October 1938 Communist Party
7   Alexei Kosygin October 1938 6 January 1939 Communist Party
8   Pyotr Popkov 6 January 1939 9 March 1946 Communist Party
9   Pyotr Lazutin 11 March 1946 22 February 1949 Communist Party
10   Pyotr Ladanov 2 March 1949 June 1954 Communist Party
11   Nikolay Smirnov June 1954 17 June 1962 Communist Party
12   Vasily Isayev June 1962 August 1966 Communist Party
13   Aleksandr Sizov August 1966 December 1972 Communist Party
14   Vasily Kazakov January 1973 June 1976 Communist Party
15   Lev Zaykov June 1976 26 April 1983 Communist Party
16   Vladimir Khodyrev 26 April 1983 23 May 1990 Communist Party
17   Aleksandr Schelkanov 23 May 1990 12 June 1991 Communist Party

Governors of Saint Petersburg (1991–present)Edit

No. Portrait Name Term of Office Political Party
Took Office Left Office
1   Anatoly Sobchak
Mayor of Saint Petersburg
12 June 1991 5 June 1996 Independent
2   Vladimir Yakovlev 5 June 1996 15 June 2003 Independent
  Alexander Beglov
Acting
16 June 2003 5 October 2003 Independent
3   Valentina Matviyenko 5 October 2003 31 August 2011 United Russia
4   Georgy Poltavchenko 31 August 2011 3 October 2018 United Russia
  Alexander Beglov
Acting
3 October 2018 Incumbent Independent

Latest electionEdit

The latest election for the office was held on 14 September 2014. The results were as follows:

Candidates Party Votes %
Takhir Bikbaev Russian Ecological Party "The Greens" 30,780 2.16
Irina Ivanova Communist Party of the Russian Federation 133,480 9.37
Andrey Petrov Rodina 33,586 2.36
Georgy Poltavchenko United Russia 1,130,199 79.30
Konstantin Sukhenko Liberal Democratic Party of Russia 54,550 3.83

See alsoEdit

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