Ivanenko Sergey Viktorovich: biography, joining the Yabloko faction and political career

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Ivanenko Sergey Viktorovich: biography, joining the Yabloko faction and political career
Ivanenko Sergey Viktorovich: biography, joining the Yabloko faction and political career

On January 12, 2019, Deputy Chairman of the Yabloko Party Sergei Viktorovich Ivanenko turned sixty years old. He is one of the close associates of Grigory Yavlinsky, who stood at the origins of Yabloko. Everyone knows that the State Duma is full of dark stories and scandalous characters. But even the most informed gossips cannot remember anything bad about the politician Sergei Ivanenko.


Our hero was born on 1959-12-01 in the Georgian town of Zestaponi. He is Ukrainian by nationality. Sergei's father was a military man, and the family constantly had to move from one place to another. Shortly after the birth of their son Vasily Ivanenko, his wife and child were sent to Moscow to study at the academy. They stayed in the capital for five years, and then wandered around the cities of Siberia: they lived in Omsk, Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk.

At the age of eleven, Sergei became seriously interested in chess and began to take part in various tournaments. Then the boy realized that it was unlikelywhether he will be able to achieve outstanding results in this field, and switched to study. In 1976 he entered the Faculty of Economics at Moscow State University. After graduating from high school, he studied at graduate school. Then he remained to work at Moscow State University as a junior researcher. In five years of work, he became a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Economics.

Ivanenko Sergey Viktorovich

Meet Yavlinsky

In 1990-1991, Sergei Viktorovich Ivanenko served in the apparatus of the State Commission of the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR on economic reform. There he met Grigory Yavlinsky, who in those years drew up a program to transform the USSR economy into a market one. Ivanenko took part in the development, and later began working in the EPIcenter, a company created by Yavlinsky, engaged in political and economic research.

In December 1993, Grigory Alekseevich entered the State Duma as chairman of the Yabloko bloc. Together with him, several employees of the EPIcenter participated in the elections, including Sergei Viktorovich Ivanenko. Becoming a State Duma deputy, he received the post of deputy chairman of the Committee on Privatization, Property and Economic Activities.

Work in Parliament

In the elections in December 1995, a member of the Yabloko party, Sergei Ivanenko, again entered the Duma and became a deputy of the second convocation. He worked as a deputy chairman in the Committee for Transport, Construction, Industry and Energy. In the same period, he was elected deputy chairman of Yabloko. In March 1995, Sergei Viktorovich abandoned his position in parliamentpositions and became a regular member of the Ecology Committee.

Ivanenko at work

In December 1999, Ivanenko was elected to the third convocation. In these elections, Yabloko showed a low result, compared to the previous compositions, the faction in the State Duma was significantly reduced, and its influence on parliamentary affairs became minimal. Deputy Sergei Ivanenko was a member of the Committee on Information Policy, as well as the first deputy head of Yabloko for organizational issues. In 2000, Nezavisimaya Gazeta wrote that Ivanenko was the second person in the party leadership and, as it were, Yavlinsky's understudy.

Behind the gates of the State Duma

According to the results of the 2003 elections, not a single representative of Yabloko got into the State Duma. In 2004, Sergei Viktorovich Ivanenko joined the opposition committee founded by Garry Kasparov and set about creating a democratic coalition with his party at the center.

In 2005, Yabloko and the Union of Right Forces put forward a single list of candidates for deputies of the Moscow City Duma. However, in June 2006, Ivanenko denied the party's intentions to unite with anyone in the parliamentary elections. The regional elections held by Yabloko lost: the party was unable to overcome the seven percent barrier in any of the four subjects where it ran.

Members of the Yabloko party

In September 2007, at the party congress, the final list of Yabloko candidates for participation in the parliamentary elections was approved. It was headed by Yavlinsky, and Sergey was also in the top three.Kovalev and Sergey Ivanenko. Meanwhile, the party again faced failure: it won 1.59% of the vote and did not get seats in the Duma.


In 2003-2007, while trying to form a coalition and get into parliament, Ivanenko served as Vice President of the Russian Chess Federation.

Even when he got to the Duma, Sergei Viktorovich noticed that there are many fans of this game, and of a good level. Deputies often held tournaments in the parliament's offices. Ivanenko's opponents included Stanislav Govorukhin and Alexander Zhukov. Once Anatoly Karpov came to the State Duma, and Sergey Viktorovich played blitz with him: he lost three games and won two. In addition, he managed to compete with Vladimir Kramnik. Once Ivanenko even became the champion of the Duma in chess. According to the politician, this game helps in any field of activity. It disciplines thoughts and gives intellectual he alth.

Candidates for deputies from Yabloko

New Apple

In March 2008, at a meeting of the Yabloko bureau, Yavlinsky expressed the opinion that the party should not switch to the tactics of implacable opposition, but establish a meaningful dialogue with the authorities. Sergei Viktorovich Ivanenko supported this position. In June, he was nominated as a candidate for the post of chairman of Yabloko, but, like Yavlinsky, he refused to take the post. As a result, the party was headed by the leader of the Moscow branch, Sergei Mitrokhin. Simultaneously with the election of a new chairman, changes were made to the charter of Yabloko, in accordance with which the posts of deputies were abolishedchairman and created a new structure of the party - a political committee. It included ten members of Yabloko, including Yavlinsky and Ivanenko.

Deputy chairman again

In the 2011 parliamentary elections, Sergei Viktorovich topped the list of candidates from the Sverdlovsk region. But according to the results of the voting, the party again failed to overcome the electoral threshold.

Ivanenko Sergey

In December 2015, the next leadership elections were held at Yabloko. Emilia Slabunova was elected chairman of the party. In the same period, the positions of deputies were returned. They were Sergei Ivanenko, Alexander Gnezdilov and Nikolai Rybakov.

Private life

Sergey Viktorovich got married while still a fourth-year student at the university. He did not have his own housing then, but the young wife had a room in a communal apartment. Ivanenko recalls that he often argued with neighbors over misunderstandings in the kitchen and other common areas.

In the 1990s, the deputy was given an apartment on the outskirts of the city. Then the couple exchanged it for a smaller one in an ordinary panel house, but closer to the center. They still live there. The wife of Sergei Viktorovich has a serious job at the Institute of Economics. The couple have an adult daughter.

Candidate for the post of chairman of the Yabloko party

According to the deputy chairman of Yabloko, in his free time, he likes to watch news on TV and play computer games, of which he prefers rpg games, where you have to "walk and look for something." Sergey Ivanenko admits thatloves coffee and smokes a lot. The addiction developed at the age of sixteen. Now Sergei Viktorovich is trying to reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day, but, according to him, so far this is not working well.

Of all the democratic parties that existed in the 1980s and 1990s, only Yabloko remains today. The fact is that Grigory Yavlinsky and his colleague Sergei Ivanenko built it not as a party of technologies, but as a party of ideas and values. The Yabloko members have always been true to their views and have not deviated from the general line. Sergei Viktorovich adheres to this position in party work today.

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