Boris Vyacheslavovich Gryzlov
(also spelled Grizlov; , ) (born December 15, 1950), is a Russian politician
and current Speaker
of Russia's State Duma
(the lower house
of parliament). He is one of the leaders of the largest Russian political party, United Russia
. Boris Gryzlov is a close ally of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
Gryzlov was born in Vladivostok
but was raised in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg
). He graduated from the Leningrad Electrical Institute of Communications in 1973 and worked as a radio engineer
. From 1977 to 1996 he worked his way up from being an engineer to division director in the Elekronpribor plant. He was not a public figure before 1999. In October 1999 he became head of the St Petersburg regional branch of Sergey Shoygu
party and in December 1999 he was elected to the Russian Duma running on the Unity party ticket. In January 2000 he was elected chairman of the Unity faction in the Duma.
In March 2001 he was appointed to the post of chief of Russian police and became Russia's Interior Minister. In this position Gryzlov proclaimed that the fight against terrorism
were his priorities.
Gryzlov supported the Kremlin's policies in Chechnya
and won the reputation of being a trusted and loyal supporter of the Russian president.
In August 2001 Boris Gryzlov claimed that up to 100 industrial enterprises in Saint Petersburg
, including the Petersburg Fuel Company
, a leading... Read More