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Dmitry Gudkov

Dmitry Gudkov

Russian politician
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Quick Facts
Intro Russian politician
Countries Russia
Occupations Politician
Gender male
Birth January 19, 1980 (Kolomna)
Family
Father: Gennady Gudkov
Education Moscow State University
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Biography

Dmitry Gennadyevich Gudkov (Russian: Дми́трий Генна́дьевич Гудко́в, born 19 January 1980) is a Russian politician. He was elected as a member of the State Duma in December 2011. His father, Gennady Gudkov, was also a Duma deputy from 2001–2012. Both father and son were members of the party A Just Russia. Gudkov was expelled from the party on 13 March 2013 after it accused him of “calling on the American authorities to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs".

Background

Dmitry Gudkov received a degree in journalism from Moscow State University in 2001. In 2005, he co-founded the Youth Public Chamber of Russia, an NGO with the goal of involving more young people in Russian public life.

Duma career

The Gudkovs are noted for their opposition to President Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party. Along with Ilya Ponomarev, Dmitry and Gennady Gudkovs became leaders in the 2012 protests against Putin's re-election. In June, Ponomarev, Gudkov and his father led a filibuster against a bill allowing large fines for anti-government protesters, alternating speaking against the bill for 11 hours. Gennady Gudkov said of the bill that by removing outlets for protest, the legislation was putting Russia on "a sure path to a civil war". The Economist described the filibuster as "the most striking act of parliamentary defiance in the Putin era".

After a trip to the United States and the taking part in a conference of NGO Freedom House during it Gudkov was expelled from A Just Russia on 13 March 2013 after the party accused him of “calling on the American authorities to interfere in Russia’s internal affairs".

Gudkov was one of the few member of the State Duma who didn't vote for the Russian annexation of Crimea during the 2014 Crimea Crisis. Gudkov abstained on the Crimea vote, because "To abstain, means you're against something — but not that you are challenging power directly".

While Gudkov joined the "systemic opposition" Yabloko party and worked with the non-systemic opposition, he lost in the 18 September 2016 election for the Russian Parliament.

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