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Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin (Russian: Павел Николаевич Грудинин; born 20 October 1960) is a Russian politician and entrepreneur. He has served as Chairman of the Council of deputies of the city settlement Vidnoye since 9 October 2017.[1]

Pavel Grudinin
Pavel Grudinin (cropped, 2018-03-19).jpg
Chairman of the Council of Deputies of Vidnoye
Assumed office
9 October 2017
Deputy of the Council of Deputies of Vidnoye
Assumed office
10 September 2017
Deputy of the Moscow Oblast Duma
In office
Personal details
Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin

(1960-10-20) 20 October 1960 (age 58)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyIndependent
Other political
Communist Party of the Russian Federation
Alma materMoscow State Agroengineering University

Grudinin was the Communist Party's candidate for the 2018 Russian presidential election, but was defeated by the incumbent president, Vladimir Putin.[2]


Life and careerEdit

Grudinin was born in Moscow, to Nikolai Konstantinovich Grudinin and Serafima Zinovievna Grudinina (née Pishchik), both agricultural workers who met while studying at the Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy. In 1961 they were sent to the Leninsky District, Moscow Oblast to work at the Lenin Sovkhoz.[3][4] According to Grudinin, his sister, grandmother and son, his aunts, uncles and cousins all worked in the same sovkhoz on different levels, and their "dynasty spent over 250 years in total working" there.[5]

His paternal grandparents were from the Vologda Governorate. His father was born in the Gryazovetsky District and grew up in Vologda.[5] His maternal grandfather was Jewish, from the Volgograd Oblast, who moved to Leningrad and married an ethnic Russian woman; he served as a tank commander during the Great Patriotic War and was declared missing in action in 1944.[6] Grudinin identifies himself as Russian.[7] He belongs to Russian Orthodoxy, but criticizes current ROC for "interference in temporal affairs".[8][9]

After graduating from school in 1977 he entered the Moscow State Agroengineering University as a mechanical engineer, and graduated in 1982.[10] After graduating he began working at the Lenin State Farm (sovkhoz), where many members of his family had already been employed. From 1982 to 1989 he worked there as head of the mechanical workshop, from 1990 to 1995 as deputy director. In 1995 he became the general director of newly formed privately held company ZAO Lenin State Farm, where he also got the blocking shareholding.[11][12]

Since 1997, he was elected three times as a deputy of the Moscow Oblast Duma, where he successfully worked until 2011. In 2001 he graduated from the Russian Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Russian Federation, majoring in jurisprudence.

Grudinin is married and has two adult sons.[13][14]

2018 Presidential campaignEdit

2018 Presidential campaign logo

On 23 December 2017, at the XVII Congress of the Communist Party, Pavel Grudinin was nominated as presidential candidate.[15] It was also announced that his campaign headquarters will be headed by Gennady Zyuganov.[16]

Commenting on the nomination of Pavel Grudinin, the leader of the party of Communists of Russia Maxim Suraykin, who also intends to participate in the elections, said:[17]

Sergey Mironov, leader of the social democratic party A Just Russia (which did not nominate its candidate for election, and supported Vladimir Putin) also criticized the nomination of Grudinin:[18]

Electoral historyEdit

2018 presidential electionEdit

Results of Pavel Grudinin by federal subjects
Candidates Party Votes %
Vladimir Putin Independent 56,430,712 76.69
Pavel Grudinin Communist Party 8,659,206 11.77
Vladimir Zhirinovsky Liberal Democratic Party 4,154,985 5.65
Ksenia Sobchak Civic Initiative 1,238,031 1.68
Grigory Yavlinsky Yabloko 769,644 1.05
Boris Titov Party of Growth 556,801 0.76
Maxim Suraykin Communists of Russia 499,342 0.68
Sergey Baburin Russian All-People's Union 479,013 0.65
Source: CEC

Awards and titlesEdit

He was awarded the medal In Commemoration of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow, Thanks to the President of the Russian Federation, an honorary diploma of the State Duma. He has the title of Honored Worker of Agriculture of the Russian Federation.


During an interview with Russian vlogger Yuri Dud, Grudinin made a bet that if he did not received at least 15 % of the vote during the Presidental Election, he would shaved off his moustache. Grudinin indeed failed to achieve his goal, and published a video clip showed the beard-shaving process. [19]


  1. ^ "Директор Совхоза им. В.И. Ленина Павел Грудинин: Мы стали заложниками формулы". (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  2. ^ "Кандидатом в президенты от КПРФ станет не Геннадий Зюганов, а Павел Грудинин". Meduza (in Russian). Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  3. ^ A Fairy Tale Comes True article from Sovetskaya Rossiya, August 1, 2017 (in Russian)
  4. ^ Russian Presidential Candidate Pavel Grudinin - A Self-made Man at database of Russian and CIS industries (in Russian with built-in Google Translate)
  5. ^ a b Grudinin: Stalin is our greatest leader of the past 100 years interview to Yury Dud, February 6, 2018 (in Russian)
  6. ^ A List of Losses scan at OBD Memorial (in Russian)
  7. ^ Интервью с Павлом Грудининым, 23.12.2017
  8. ^ Pavel Grudinin's meeting with electorate in Nizhny Novgorod, 38:00, at the Red Line online TV (in Russian)
  9. ^ Pavel Grudinin: "I'm a project of my parents, not Kremlin" interview at the Free Press online newspaper, February 26, 2018 (in Russian)
  10. ^ "Земляника – ягода победы" (in Russian). 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  11. ^ Красный капиталист: почему КПРФ выдвинула в президенты Павла Грудинина
  12. ^ "Музей клоунов заработал в совхозе имени Ленина". Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  13. ^ Кто такой Павел Грудинин
  14. ^ Зюганов видит лучшим кандидатом в президенты Грудинина
  15. ^ Съезд КПРФ утвердил кандидатуру Грудинина на выборах президента РФ
  16. ^ Зюганов возглавит предвыборный штаб Грудинина
  17. ^ КПРФ совершает огромную ошибку: Сурайкин о выдвижении Грудинина
  18. ^ Миронов считает выдвижение Грудинина на выборы политической ошибкой
  19. ^ Payout time! Communist candidate shaves off mustache after losing bet on election result RT

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