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Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin (Russian: Па́вел Никола́евич Груди́нин; 20 October 1960 in Moscow) is a Russian politician and entrepreneur.[1]

Pavel Grudinin
Pavel Grudinin Moscow asv2018-01.jpg
Born Pavel Nikolayevich Grudinin
(1960-10-20) 20 October 1960 (age 57)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Occupation Politician,
entrepreneur

Grudinin is the Communist Party's candidate for the 2018 Russian presidential election.[2]

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BiographyEdit

Pavel Grudinin was born in 1960 in Moscow. He says he is of Russian origin and had a Jewish grandfather.[3]

In 1961 the Grudinin family moved to work in the Leninsky District. After graduating from school in 1977 he entered the Moscow State Agroengineering University as a mechanical engineer, and graduated in 1982.[4] 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.[5][6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9] It was also announced that his campaign headquarters will be headed by Gennady Zyuganov.[10]

Some Russian politicians of the left-wing have negatively perceived the nomination of Grudinin as Presidential candidate for the Communist party. The main reasons for criticism are that Grudinin is a businessman that is representative of the "bourgeois class", and previously Pavel Grudinin was a member of United Russia.

Commenting on the nomination of Pavel Grudinin, the leader of the party of Communists of Russia Maxim Suraikin, who also intends to participate in the elections, said:[11]

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:[12]

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.

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