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Human Rights Ombudsman for Saint Petersburg

Alexander Shishlov


Born on 28 July 1955 in Leningrad.

Graduated from Mathematics and Mechanics Faculty (1977), Ph.D (1984) and Law Faculty (1994) of Saint Petersburg (Leningrad) State University.

1977-1990 - Engineer, Senior Research Fellow, Head of laboratory at research institutes in the field of management of complex systems.

1990-1993 - Deputy of the Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) City Council, member of the Presidium and of the Inner Council.

1994-1995 - Head of programs of Saint Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies "Strategy".

1995-1999 - Deputy of the State Duma of the 2nd convocation, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Federal Affairs and Regional Policy.

1999-2003 - Deputy of the State Duma of the 3rd convocation, Deputy Chairman, and from April 2002 - Chairman of the Committee for Education and Science.

1996-2003 - member of the delegation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, member of the PACE Committee for Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

2004-2005 - Director of educational programs of the Saint Petersburg Center for Humanities and Political Studies "Strategy".

2005 - April 2012 - Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna.

From the 4 April 2012 – Human Rights Ombudsman for Saint Petersburg.

On 5 April 2017 - was reelected for the next 5 years.

Since 2014 - Chairman of the Coordination Council of Russian Ombudspersons.

Since 2015 – Vice-President of the European Ombudsman Institute.

1st class Actual State Councilor of Saint Petersburg.

Member of the Saint Petersburg Union of Scientists (from 1989).

Member of the Bureau of the Russian United Democratic Party "YABLOKO" (1999 – 2015)*

Married, has 2 children and 4 grandchildren.


*On 25 April 2015 Alexander Shishlov suspended his membership in the party due to entering into force of the Federal Law of 6 April 2015 No 76-FZ “On amendments to some legislative acts of the Russian Federation aiming at improving the work of Human Rights Ombudsmen”.