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Alexander V. Shishlov

Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation (the Yabloko faction),

Chairman of the Duma Committee on Education and Science

Member of the delegation of the Federal Assembly of the RF in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, member of the bureau of the Liberals, Democrats and Reformers Group in the PACE

Information Policy Secretary of the Yabloko Association

Member of the bureau of the Central Council of the Yabloko Association

Alexander Shishlov
Biography Publications and translations
Work on draft laws in the State Duma Deputy's Inquiries and Addresses
Contact address References to other websites
Biography

Born on July 28, 1955, in Leningrad.

Graduated from the Mathematics and Mechanics (1977) and Legal (1994) faculties of St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University. Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (1984), member of St. Petersburg Academic Union (1989). Member of the Regional Party of the Centre, i.e., St. Petersburg branch of the Yabloko Association (since 1993). Has never been a communist party member. During 1990-1993 elected deputy of St. Petersburg City Council, member of the Presidium and Minor Council.

In 1977-1990 worked as engineer, junior researcher, senior researcher and laboratory head in the field of control over complex systems.

Since 1988 activist of the democratic movement.

In 1990 elected deputy of the Leningrad City Council, in 1991- member of the Presidium and in 1992 member of the Minor Council. Worked in the commissions for issues on self-government problems and legislation.

1994-1995- Programme Director of the St. Petersburg Humanitarian and Political Science Centre Strategia.

December 1995 elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation from Yabloko's federal list (St. Petersburg regional list). Deputy Head of the Committee for the Affairs of the Federation and Regional Policies. Main field of activity: legislation in state-building, federative relations and formation of the civil society.

December 1999 elected to the State Duma of the Russian Federation from Yabloko's federal list (St. Petersburg regional list). Deputy Head of the Committee for Education and Science.

Member of the delegation of the Federal Assembly of the RF in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Member of the Liberals, Democrats and Reformers Group in the PACE, Vice-President (member of the bureau) of the Group. Member of the PACE Commission for Monitoring and the Commission on Legal Issues and Human Rights.

June 1997 elected Chairman of St. Petersburg Regional Party of the Centre St. Petersburg branch of the Yabloko Association.

Since April 1998 - member of the bureau of the Central Council of the Yabloko Association. Since February 2001 Secretary of the Yabloko Association.

Fluent English.

Married, two children.

Publications and translations

Publications in Russian see at http://www.yabloko.ru/Persons/shishl.html

Democratic consolidation and the Role of Political Parties modern Russian experience
By Alexander Shishlov, Member of the Federal Bureau of YABLOKO party
Liberal International Conference* Guason, Taiwan. March 4-6, 2004
* A meeting of the Executive Committee of the Liberal International and the Asian Conference of the Liberal International took place at Guason, Taiwan, on March 4-6, 2004. The conference discussed the urgent problems related to the construction and development of a democratic state. Liberal parties from 35 countries sent their 120 representatives to the conference. Alexander Shishlov, Member of the Federal Bureau of YABLOKO party, Russia, spoke at the conference on YABLOKOs view of the problems of developing democracy in Russia.

YABLOKO presented the draft law "On Universities" to the rectors of Russian universities
Press release, October 17, 2003

"We need to consider structural reforms in the higher educational system in Russia," said Igor Artemyev. "We would like to encourage debate on the best way of developing higher education," noted Alexander Shishlov.

Alexander Shishlov: the State Duma Committee for Education and Science opposes the introduction of mandatory military training at school
Press release, October 9, 2003

"If the Defence Ministry has free money, it would be better to spend them on military reform and transfer the army to a contract basis. If the Ministry does not need the money, they should send it to schools so that the former could use it for peaceful purposes."

Alexander Shishlov submitted amendments to the federal budget aimed at raising wages for education workers
Press release, October 3, 2003

"We can and should change the budget to enable workers in the education, science, culture and health care sectors to obtain dignified living standards," said Shishlov.

Europe Recognises Russian Education
By Lera Arsenina, Gazeta.ru, September 19, 2003

Russia has officially joined the process of creating a single European higher education space.

Russian Diplomas Given More Weight
IA Marketing i Consulting, September 22, 2003

Russia's participation in the Bologna process will increase the mobility of students and teachers, providing them with an opportunity to change countries during their studies and university for academic purposes.

Russia joined the Bologna process
Press release, September 19, 2003

"The Russian higher school has the advantages of the fundamental nature of its educational programmes. To use this advantage and attract students from other countries we have to participate in the building of a common European system," noted Shishlov.

Students advocate a free education: they unite in the struggle against extortion in universities
By Maxim Pokrovsky, Komsomolskaya Pravda, August 21, 2003

The YABLOKO party turned out to be a traditional and efficient ally of the students in their fight for their rights.

The Audit Chamber of the RF will conduct an audit into the Moscow State Linguistic University
Press release, June 30, 2003

The reason for the inquiry addressed to Chairman of the Audit Chamber Sergei Stepashin concerned the application to the Committee of the students who studied in the University on the basis of budget grants.

Alexander Shishlov: We managed to defend the rights of the students of the Moscow State Linguistic University, but we shall continue our work
Press release, June 26, 2003

"This is an example of how civil society should function: the students were active. Thanks to the support of deputies of the Duma - members of our Committee, the support of YABLOKO and attention of journalists to this issue, they won in a serious conflict with the administration of the university,"

The Liberal Group of PACE approved the idea of visa-free regime for trips of Russian citizens to EU countries
Press release, June 21, 2003

..."elimination of the visa regime between European Union and Russia will in perspective become an important step in the development of economic, political and cultural cooperation between EU and Russia which is in line with the idea of a Single Europe without any demarcation lines."

Despite the resistance of the "centrist" factions, the State Duma adopted a law to raise student grants
Press release, June 21, 2003

In accordance with the amendments introduced by the Duma to the law "On the Minimum Wage" and "On Higher and Secondary Professional Education" university student grants will be doubled (starting from September 2003) to 400 roubles, and for students of colleges to 140 roubles.

Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science is satisfied with the decision of the State Duma to raise student grants
RIA Oreanda, June 21, 2003

"I am satisfied that we managed to approve an increase in students' stipends before the end of the spring session [of the Duma], said Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Alexander Shishlov (the YABLOKO faction).

Deputies of the State Duma call on Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov to sign the Bologna convention
MK-Novosti, June 21, 2003

The main tasks of the Bologna process are to create in Europe of a system of comparable education cycles, academic degrees and qualifications, increase the academic mobility of students and university teachers and finally pool the educational resources of different countries.

The State Duma supported YABLOKO's initiative to create a single education space in Europe
Press release, June 21, 2003

..."Adoption of this resolution opens the way to the participation of Russia's representatives in the the working bodies of the Bologna process and in preparations for the Berlin conference of education ministers of the European countries in autumn 2003,"...

Alexander Shishlov: One of the main reasons behind YABLOKO's demand to dismiss the Cabinet is the refusal of the government to increase wages to teachers and doctors
Press release, June 11, 2003

...We cannot wait for mercy from the Cabinet and the pro-government Duma majority any more.

Alexander Shishlov: the Government is not authorised to review the decisions of the Security Council and the State Council
Press release, May 22, 2003

State support of education, in particular an increase in the wages of researchers should become a priority task for the state budget for 2004.

Education in Russia Needs USD 1.5 Billion by 2004 to Avert Degradation
Rosbalt, April 28, 2003

In 2004 education will require an additional USD 1.5 billion, including USD 871 million for the transition to a sector wage system, stated Yabloko Party State Duma Deputy Alexander Shishlov at a session of the State Duma committee for education and science on Friday.

Alexander Shishlov: Real rise in teachers wages should become the priority task when preparing the federal budget for 2004
Press release, April 25, 2003

According to Shishlov, the committee prepared joint proposals on first-hand budget priorities that are of political importance. They include an increase in teachers' wages, an increase in expenditures on the purchase of educational equipment and refurbishment of hostels, increase of expenditures on the development of an information education base.

The Government and "big four" factions oppose education
Press release, April 9, 2003

According to Shishlov, reduction in the prices of educational materials would make it possible to apply more broadly modern information technologies in education.

Is Putin a Secret Member of YABLOKO?
By Tzyren Damdinov, Zabaikalskii Rabochii, March 19, 2003

...And there is nothing bad in that. But I don't set myself such a task, I only ask that the reader to be more attentive to the political gabbling , and try to look at the roots, and remember the promises of our candidates to elections at all levels.

The leaders of teacher trade unions supported the initiative of Alexander Shishlov to create a trilateral commission to finalise the planned reform of wages for budget workers
Press release, March 26, 2003

...nation-wide protest action (on February 26-28, 2003) against the government's reform plans for the wages for budget workers had clearly been a success: "The Government acknowledged that the draft concept of the Labour Ministry should contain federal guarantees for the wages of budget workers."

Alexander Shishlov: Russia's admission to the Bologna process will become an important political step
Press release, March 7, 2003

Russia's admission to the Bologna process should be regarded within the context of Russia's national interests and the development of Russia's foreign policy aimed at cooperation and integration with Europe.

The federal centre must become a guarantor for financing in the education sector
Press release, March 5, 2003

The protest action organised last week by trade unions of budget sector workers was a success, declared Alexander Shishlov, Chairman of the State Duma Education and Science Committee at a press conference on March 5, 2003.

YABLOKO supported the nation-wide action of trade unions of budget-sector workers
Press Release, February 27, 2003

The Russian Democratic Party YABLOKO supported the nation-wide action of the trade unions of budget-sector workers against government plans to reform wages for budget workers.

Teachers Coming Out in Protest
Interview with Alexander Shishlov, Moscow News, February 26-March 4, 2003

Alexander SHISHLOV, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Education and Science, tells MN's Andrei Stepanov about possible ways of resolving the problems of wage arrears and increasing teachers' salaries.

Deputy of the Duma Alexander Shishlov named "the politician of the year for education"
MK-Novosti, January 11, 2003
Moscow, January 11. 2003 (MK-Novosti). The results of the contest "Politician of the Year for Education" have been announced. Experts from "Uchitelskaya Gazeta" newspaper ("Teachers' Newspaper") called Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Education and Science Alexander Shishlov (the YABLOKO faction) "the politician of the year 2002". This information comes from the press-service of the YABLOKO faction. The competitors of Alexander Shishlov were Oleg Smolin, Valentina Matviyenko and even Vladimir Putin.

Person of the Year 2002
Uchitelskaya Gazeta, No 1, 2003

Member of the YABLOKO party Alexander Shishlov headed the State Duma Committee for Education and Science in April 2002. At the time his appointment provoked varying reactions (some people held that this was almost an attack on education), but now we can state for sure: Alexander Vladimirovich is as worthy an advocate of the interests of the sector, as his predecessor Ivan Melnikov.

Alexander Shishlov named "politician of the year for education"
Press Release, January 20, 2003

Experts from "Uchitelskaya Gazeta" newspaper ("Teachers' Newspaper") traditionally summarise the results of the year in education. The experts chose Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Education and Science Alexander Shishlov (YABLOKO faction) as "politician of the year 2002 for education". The competitors of Alexander Shishlov were Oleg Smolin, Valentina Matviyenko and even Vladimir Putin.

Work on draft laws in the State Duma
Draft law On Political Parties developed by Alexander Shishlov (Yabloko), Vataliy Kalinin and Boris Vishnevsky

Explanatory Note to the draft law On Political Parties

Draft law On the Provision of Constitutional Rights of the Citizens to Comprehensive Education, September 2000.

On the Introduction of Changes to the Federal Law On the Provision of Constitutional Rights of the Citizens to Elect and Be Elected to Local Government

On Changes to the Federal Law On the General Principles of Organisation of Local Government in the RF

On Changes to the Federal Law On the Basic Guarantees of Franchise in the RF

On Changes to the Code of Administrative Offences of the RF

On the Federal Regional Development Programmes

On the Foundations of the Budget Rights of Russian Federation Subjects

On Changes to the Federal Law On State Duty

On the Foundations of the Tax System (the Civil Judicial Procedure Code of the RF)

On April 20, 1997, proposed a draft Resolution of the State Duma On Verification of Instances of Corruption of the Officials in St. Petersburg. The Resolution stated that investigation and criminal prosecution in St. Petersburg have been hampered considerably. The Resolution also proposed extending the work term of the deputies commission to investigate corruption until July 1, 1997.

Amendments to the budget for 1998

On the Procedures for Overcoming Discords and Settlement of Disputes Between the State Executive Authorities of the Russian Federation and the state executive authorities of federation subjects

On Amendments and Addenda to the Federal Law of the RF On Higher and Pre-University Education (April 15, 1999)

Deputy's Inquiries and Addresses

April 4, 1997, inquiry to Victor Chernomyrdin (that the deferral in financing of investment projects in St. Petersburg creates problems with the construction of new metro stations in the city and liquidation of the consequences of the accident at one of the stations.

April 4, 1997, an inquiry to Anatoli Chubais that government debt in financing a number of the investment projects had not been liquidated (for childrens infectious diseases hospital, hospital for the Handicapped of the Second World War, the Amber Room, toxic waste recycling plant, etc.)

March 14, 2001, Yabloko initiates verification of multi-billion state loans.

March 14, 2001, On the initiative of Alexander Shishlov the State Duma forwards an Inquiry to Prime Minister Kasyanov.

June 2000, an Inquiry to Prime Minister Kasyanov on the decision of the Government to liquidate the State Ecology Committee.

Contact address

Moscow, Okhotny Ryad 1, of.1433 (New building)

tel: (095) 292 5321; fax: (095) 292 8817 (the State Duma)

tel/ fax: (812) 110 63 74 (in St.Petersburg Office of the Deputy of the Duma)

shishlov@mail.lanck.net

103265 Moscow, Okhotny Ryad 1

190107 St.Petersburg, Isaakievskaya pl. 6.

References to other websites
Alexander Shishlov at the server of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
Alexander Shishlov at the National News Service (NSN) server

Alexander Shishlov at the PANORAMA server

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