Vladimir Ryzhkov

Vladimir Ryzhkov has been a deputy in the Russian State Duma since the first post-Soviet elections in 1993. In 1997, at age 31, he was appointed the Duma’s first deputy chairman, a position that he held until 1999. He is a member of the Duma Federal Affairs and Regional Policy Committee and a cofounder of the independent deputies’ faction. He has a Ph.D. in history and has written extensively on issues of law, political science, and international affairs. This article was translated from the Russian by Anastasiya Kuzmina.