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. 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, with 13.7% of the votes cast.
|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
Nikolay Mikhailovich Kharitonov
30 October 1948
Rezino, Novosibirsk Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Communist Party (since 2008)|
Agrarian Party (until 2007)
|Alma mater||Novosibirsk State Agricultural University and Academy of National Economy and Public Administration|
He is married with four daughters.
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. Russians were largely indifferent or unaware of his candidacy.
His campaign slogan was “For the native land and the popular will".
Kharitonov was strongly supported by Gennady Zyuganov. Many of Kharitonov's advertisements featured Zyuganov speaking on behalf of his candidacy. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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