Gleb Pavlovsky, political scientist, political strategist and founder of the Effective Policy Fund, has died aged 71. On this subject report Vedomosti in reference to his friend Simon Kordonsky, head of the Department of Local Self-Government at the Higher School of Economics of the National Research University.
According to Kordonsky, Pavlovsky died after a long illness.
Gleb Pavlovsky was born in Odessa. In the mid-1970s, he came under KGB surveillance due to the distribution of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s book The Gulag Archipelago. In 1978-1980 he was one of the editors of the samizdat Poiski magazine, which is why the KGB began to persecute him. Thanks to cooperation with the investigation, Pavlovsky received five years of exile instead of prison, from which he returned to Moscow in 1985.
In 1995, Pavlovsky founded the “Effective Policy Fund”, which in 2000 developed Vladimir Putin’s election campaign. Pavlovsky also participated in Viktor Yanukovych’s presidential campaign during the 2004 elections in Ukraine. Until 2011, Pavlovsky worked with the administration of the President of Russia, including holding the position of adviser to the presidential administration. He claimed that the reason for his dismissal was the open support of Dmitry Medvedev, who then held the post of head of state. After that, Pavlovsky opposed the Kremlin.
In February and March 2012, Pavlovsky participated in “For Fair Elections” rallies. In May of the same year, the political strategist took part in the “March of the Millions” against the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency.
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