Nikolay Kharitonov

Nikolay Mikhailovich Kharitonov (Russian: Николай Михайлович Харитонов; born 30 October 1948) is a Russian politician from the Novosibirsk region. He is a leading member of the Agrarian Party of Russia, and a member of the State Duma, the Russian parliament.[1][2] In 2004 he ran for the office of president of Russia in the presidential elections. His candidacy was supported by the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF). He came second,[3] with 13.7% of the votes cast.

Nikolay Kharitonov
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Member of the State Duma
Assumed office
12 December 1993
Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Regional Policy and Problems of the North and Far East
Assumed office
21 December 2011
Personal details
Nikolay Mikhailovich Kharitonov

(1948-10-30) 30 October 1948 (age 72)
Rezino, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Political partyCommunist Party (since 2008)
Agrarian Party (until 2007)
Alma materNovosibirsk State Agricultural University and Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

He is married with four daughters.

Presidential campaignEdit

Kharitonov was the Communist Party's nominee in the 2004 Russian presidential election. He was perceived to be a weak candidate, lacking in both name recognition and charisma.[4][5] Russians were largely indifferent or unaware of his candidacy.[6]

His campaign slogan was “For the native land and the popular will".[5]

He spoke frequently of the virtues of Leninism.[5]

Kharitonov also regularly made antisemitic remarks.[5]

Kharitonov proposed re-erecting the statue of Soviet secret police founder Felix Dzerzhinsky which formerly stood in front of the Lubyanka Building until it was pulled down in 1991.[2][5]

Kharitonov was strongly supported by Gennady Zyuganov. Many of Kharitonov's advertisements featured Zyuganov speaking on behalf of his candidacy.[5] Zyuganov had originally wanted for the party to abstain from participating in the elections, however he could not coalesce the party in agreement on non-participation and ultimately supported Kharitonov.[5] Some in the party had hoped that Kharitonov would withdraw during the course of the election campaign in order to protests what the party considered to be the "undemocratic nature" of the election.[4]

Putin's camp believed that Kharitonov's candidacy benefited their cause by helping to increase turnout and weakening Sergey Glazyev's vote share.[5]

The Communist Party had been besieged by fierce opposition ads during the preceding legislative election in 2003. However, Kharitonov escaped similar opposition ads, as Putin's campaign did not see him as much of a threat.[5]

At one point Kharitonov threatened to drop out of the race if he did not receive live coverage for one of his speeches just as Putin had for his Moscow State University address. After this, the RTR television network agreed to broadcast live coverage of a speech Kharitonov gave to his supporters in Tula on March 4.[5]


  1. ^ "Putin's contenders in presidential race". People's Daily Online. March 12, 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  2. ^ a b The Associated Press (March 14, 2004). "Candidates running against Putin". Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Landslide Putin shrugs off critics". Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  4. ^ a b "RUSSIAN ELECTION WATCH Vol.3, No.4" (PDF). Harvard University (Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies) and Indiana University-Bloomington. January 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "RUSSIAN ELECTION WATCH Vol.3, No.6" (PDF). Harvard University (Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Davis Center for Russian & Eurasian Studies) and Indiana University-Bloomington. March 2004. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
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Preceded by
Gennady Zyuganov
Communist Party presidential candidate
Succeeded by
Gennady Zyuganov