- Sergey Mironov
Sergey Mikhailovich Mironov ( _ru. Сергéй Михáйлович Мирóнов) (born
February 14, 1953), is a Russian statesmanand the current Speaker of the Federation Council, the upper houseof the Russian parliament. Sergey Mironov is from Saint Petersburgand is considered to be a close ally of the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. In the 1970's Sergey Mironov served in airborne troops in the Soviet Army. Later he graduated from Leningrad Mining Institute worked as an engineer- geophysicist. After a brief time of working as an entrepreneur he entered politics and in 1994 was elected deputy of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly. In June, 2000 he was elected vice-Chairman of St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly and in 2001 entered the Federation Council of Russiaas a representative of the St. Petersburg. In December 2001 Sergey Mironov was elected to be a Speaker of the Federation Council. From February 2003 Sergey Mironov also has been the Chairman of the Council of Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of States – members of the Commonwealth of Independent Statesand from April 2003 - Chairman of the Russian Party of Life.
Mironov was a candidate in the 2004 presidential election. He was not considered to be a serious candidate and was quoted as saying: "We all want Vladimir Putin to be the next president." His vote was also extremely low.
In October 2006 he became the leader of the new
center-leftopposition party Fair Russiawhich was formed by uniting Rodina, Mironov's Russian Party of Lifeand Russian Pensioners' Party. This effectively makes him the leader of the opposition as the three parties together would be stronger than the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.
Mironov has several times proposed an amendment to the Russian constitution that would allow the President to be elected for 3 consecutive 5 or 7 year terms. In 2007,
Boris Gryzlov, leader of the rival United Russiaparty, said that changing the constitution would be unacceptable. Mironov is considered to be more socialistic oriented, as he pushes for setting up special agricultural exchanges for state purchases of agricultural goods and for more state intervention in regulating prices of basic food stuff.
Sergey Mironov is married. He has a son and a daughter.
January 17 2008, [http://mironovsergey.livejournal.com/profile mironovsergey] (now [http://sergey_mironov.livejournal.com/profile sergey_mironov] ) at LiveJournal(which is considered the most popular blog platform in Russia) was announced as Mironov's personal blog. It was confirmed authorized via statement at his official website ( [http://www.mironov.ru/events/news/7709.html] ) and by the time contained one entry concerning the forthcoming Russian presidential election.
* [http://www.mironov.ru/ Official web site]
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