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Sergei Sobyanin
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov (C) and Chief of presidential administration Sergei Sobyanin hold candles during an Easter night liturgy in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow April 23, 2006. Today, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Easter, a week later after Western christians. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Sergey Semyonovich Sobyanin (Russian: Серге́й Семёнович Собя́нин; born 21 June 1958 in Nyaksimvol, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug — Yugra, Russian SFSR, USSR) is a Russian statesman and political figure who has served as Mayor of Moscow since October 2010. He was Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and former Head of the Administration of the President of Russia from 2005 to 2010.

He is considered to be a close ally of Vladimir Bogdanov, Director General of Surgutneftegaz.

As the Mayor of Moscow, Sobyanin has gradually relaxed massive construction work of his predecessor, to which he has won acclaim for the "major sane piece of city planning in years." And has also won praise for his efforts in combatting corruption , While at the same time, was criticized for the banning of gay parades in the Moscow, of which was strongly condemned by LGBT groups.

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