Alexander Dmitryevich Beglov (Russian: Алекса́ндр Дми́триевич Бегло́в, IPA: [ɐlʲɪkˈsandr ˈdmʲitrʲɪjɪvʲɪdʑ bʲɪˈɡlof]; born 19 May 1956) is a Russian politician. He was appointed acting Governor of Saint Petersburg on 3 October 2018. In the 2019 Saint Petersburg gubernatorial election Beglov won with 64.43% of the votes.
Beglov was born in Baku on 19 May 1956. In 1983, he graduated from Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering with a degree in Industrial and Civil Engineering, and in 2003 the North-West Academy of Public Administration.
His wife chairs the Civil Registration Department, St. Petersburg City Administration. His daughter is head of Legal Culture Committee of St. Petersburg.
From 1976 to 1978, he served in the USSR Armed Forces.
From 1979 to 1985, he worked in engineering and management positions in construction organizations in Leningrad.
From 1985 to 1988 – Head of the Department of Construction and Building Materials Industry of the Lensovet Executive Committee.
From 1989 to 1990 – Head of the Social and Economic Department of the Leningrad Regional Committee CPSU. According to media reports, Beglov oversaw the housing development of the Kupchino, Rybatskoye, Lake Dolgoe microdistricts, the construction of the Aluminum Structures Plant, the Belayia Mel city urban wastewater treatment plant, the Olginsky wastewater treatment plant and the water pumping station in Rybatsky. In addition, Beglov supervised the construction of structures in different regions of Russia in the aftermath of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia.
From 1990 to 1991, he was deputy head of the capital construction department of the executive committee of the Leningrad Council.
From 1991 to 1997, he served as chief engineer and co-owner of the German-Russian joint venture Melazel. The company had partnerships with the Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of St. Petersburg, which was headed by Vladimir Putin (at the same time, “Melazel” was re-registered as “Olympia-2000”). According to media reports, Beglov acted as co-founder of the Aero Record, Ecotech and Baltikstroy enterprises, the Styk production and transport company, and the Business Partner publishing house.
In 1994 he defended his thesis on the topic “Stability of reinforced concrete elements from the plane of bending”, candidate of technical sciences.
From 1997 to 1999 he was a Senior Researcher at the Department of Theoretical Mechanics, doctoral student Saint-Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering.
From 1999 to 2002, he was the head of the administration of the Kurortny Administrative District of St. Petersburg. He initiated the reconstruction of Freedom Square in Sestroretsk, monuments to Peter the Great and designed the standard-issue 30 caliber rifle, Sergei Ivanovich Mosin, as well as the fountain “Girl with a fish”.
From 2002 to 2003 he was Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg and Head of the Office of the Administration of St. Petersburg. According to observers, this appointment was a compromise by the governor of the city Vladimir Yakovlev and the plenipotentiary representative of the Russian president in the North-West Federal District (NWFD), Viktor Cherkesov. It was alleged that Sergei Sviridov, deputy plenipotentiary representative for cadres, advanced Beglov’s nomination. The media noted that the legislative assembly approved the new vice-governor only the second time.
In 2003, he graduated from North-West Academy of Public Administration.
On 21 May 2003 he became a member of the United Russia party. On 9 June 2003 he became secretary of the political council of the St. Petersburg regional branch of the United Russia party (replacing Yuri Solonin); The initiator of his election to this post was the head of the Central Executive Committee of the ER Yury Volkov. On 28 April 2004 he was re-elected secretary of the regional political council.
In June 2003, Vladimir Yakovlev prematurely resigned as governor. Beglov served as acting governor for three months before the elections. In the fall of 2003, he was nominated by the United Russia party as a candidate for deputy of the State Duma of the fourth convocation on the party’s federal list (No. 1 in the regional group “Petersburg”). On 7 December 2003, he was elected to the State Duma and refused the mandate.
In May 2004, he became a presidential aide and head of the Presidential control department. In November 2004, at the V Congress of United Russia, he was elected to the party’s supreme council. In October 2005, Beglov became a member of the presidential council for the implementation of priority national projects and demographic policy, and in July 2006 he became a member of the presidium of the council. In December 2005, speaking at a meeting with the heads of the subjects of the Russian Federation within the Ural Federal District, Beglov said that the governors would be personally responsible for the implementation of priority projects.
On 24 July 2004, he departed the post of secretary of the political council of the St. Petersburg regional branch of United Russia, remaining a member of the political council (the new secretary of the political council – Vadim Tyulpanov [ru]).
From 12 May 2008 – 23 May 2012 he served as Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia. The post of the head of the administration was taken by former Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the Government, Sergey Naryshkin.
On 12 January 2009 he chaired the Council under the President of the Russian Federation on the Affairs of the Cossacks.
In June 2011, Beglov was considered as the main candidate for governor of St. Petersburg, after Valentina Matvienko left for work in Federation Council.
In 2012, Beglov presented his doctoral dissertation on “Management of the production of agricultural products in Cossack communities as a potential for sustainable socio-economic development of regions”.
On 23 May 2012, Putin appointed Beglov Presidential Plenipotentiary to Russia in Central Federal District. On 25 December 2017, a Decree of the President of Russia, appointing Beglov as Plenipotentiary Representative of the President Russia in North-West Federal District.
On 3 October 2018, Beglov was appointed as a Governor of Saint Petersburg. In September 2019 he won the gubernatorial election (with a result of over 60% votes leaving the other candidates far behind) and assumed the office on 18 September 2019.