Vladimir Ryzhkov was born on September 3, 1966, in the town of Rubtsovsk in the Altai Region.
In 1983 he finished Barnaul’s secondary school no.42 and entered the faculty of history of Altai State University.
In 1985—1987 after having finished his second year at University, he was enrolled in the army and served in communication troops in the environs of Novosibirsk. He retired from the army on May 15, 1987 as a senior sergent, deputy platoon commander of the signal company. As a student he became a political activist and by the end of the 80s he was one of the leaders of democratic movement. Having received his diploma, he was invited to give lectures at the world's history department of Altai State University.
1991 — secretary of the Altai Region administration, deputy head of the region. He was responsible for personnel policy, cooperation with municipal bodies and political parties, PR and welfare system.
In December 1993 he was elected the deputy of the State Duma of 1st Convocation. He was a deputy chairman of the regional policy committee.
In December 1995 he was reelected as a deputy of State Duma of the 2nd Convocation.
In 1997 supported by all factions in the Duma, he was elected the first deputy speaker.
In 1999 he headed the faction called Our Home is Russia (NDR)
On December 19, 1999 he was reelected the deputy of the Duma, representing Barnaul constituency no.34.
1996-1997 deputy head of the reginal policy partiamentary committee and member of trilateral (government — Council of Federation — State Duma) commission for budget policy.
On December 7, 2003 he was reelected the deputy of the State Duma. He received 35.1% support of voters in his Barnaul constituency.
In 2000 he became a PhD.
In 2005 he became one of the leaders of the Republican party, in 2006 he headed the party which was disbanded by the Supreme Court.
Medal for Distinguished Military Service
Ryzhkov holds a PhD in history (2000), he is an expert for Moscow’s School of Political Studies. He is on board of trustees of Federation for Internet Education and the State Tretyakov Gallery. Since 1996 he has been a WEF regular. He was initiator of economic forum in Belokurikha (Siberian Davos) and forum on politics in Barnaul and Altai Republic. He is a coordinator of public committee «Russia in United Europe», and a member of the presidium of Council for Foreign Defence and Policy NOG.
He is married and has a daughter.
When in 1995 Ryzhkov became a chief ideologist of “Our Home is Russia” movement, Viktor Chernomyrdin can’t help doting upon young and intelligent activist. The disapointing thing was that Ruzhkov liked to bend the elbow in the afternoon and did not conceal his weakness for booze. When he was asked face-to-face about samogon (moonshine), he did not pretend and said ernestly he prefered manufactured vodka rather than home-distilled samogon.
Source: yoki.ru, 16 November 2005
On December 19, 1999 Ryzhkov was elected deputy of the State Duma of the 3rd Convocation. Soon after the poll, he, along with Vikor Chernomyrdin, the leader of “Our Home is Russia” movement, joined pro-president “Edinstvo” faction but refused to join the party. Moreover, Ryzhkov approved none of presidential bills (he abstained in the vote, despite the solidary vote decision made by the faction). As a result Ryzhkov was excluded, becoming an independent deputy. Boris Gryzlov who headed Edinstvo explained Ryzhkov's expulsion by «seroius disagreements» between the deputy and the faction.
Source: Vremya Novostey, 5 July 2000
In May 2003 Ryzhkov critisized presidential state of nation adress to both chambers of the parliament. He said the president speech was «confused and incoherent», the analys of problems — «dishonest». Ryzhkov expressed indignation with the president, because he did not name neither terrorism, no corruption among national promblems. Ryzhkov also critisized Vladimir Putin's policy. He said that the achievements of recent years may result from favourable conditions, not from ability of governing elite to run the country.
Source: Vedomosti, 19 May 2003
According to the reports, which appeared in 2003,“Committee 2008” was formed to “draw” funds of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The aim of umbrella organization, established on pretext of uniting democratic forces against president Putin, was to milk fugitive oligarchs (Boris Berezovsky) and Western foundations, such as Soros Foundation. The analysts said it was Vladimir Ryzhkov who came up with this brilliant idea. Leonid Nevzlin, authorized by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, gave a huge sums to liberals to sponsor their “fight” against Putin’s regime. According to some sources, Nevzlin provided opposition with a few hundred millions and promised to give more.
Source: Компромат.Ru, 08.04.2005
In November 2003 Ryzhkov made a statement of support for Leonid Nevzlin, a co-owner of Yukos oil company. After Nevzlin retired from the position of rector of Russian State University for Humanities, Ryzhkov said that the authorities led a campaign against the owners of Yukos.
Source: Vedomosti, 18 November 2003; Gazeta.ru, 21 November 2005
In December 2004 Ryzhkov, Grigory Yavlinsky, Irina Hakamada, Gennady Zyuganov, Segey Glazyev were titled “betrayers of public interests” by the activists of youth movement called Idyshiye Vmeste (Going Together). There were also Boris Berezovsky, the oligarch who fled in Great Britain, Aslan Maskhadov, president of self-proclaimed republic of Ichkeria, and Andrey Vlasov, the general of the Great Patriotic War who collaborated with the Nazi, on the list of betrayers.
Source: Kommersant, 21 February 2005
In the general elections of 2 December 2007 the Union of Right Forces received just 0.96% of votes - the result that can be described as utter defeat. Later, a user posted the following message on allpolit.ru forum in the section about the Republican Party: “This active deputy must pay his workers! I have waited for 4 month. He is dead to shame and has no conscience”. She said she could not bring suit against him, because the salary was paid in black money that is why she could prove nothing to the court. “I hope he is an honest man … Mr Ryzhkov”. She added that about 10 people have the same problem.
Source: Dni.Ru, 5 March 2007
In 2005 Ryzhkov joined the Republican Party and became the member of the party’s political council. At the beginning of 2006 he was elected co-chairman of the Republican Party of the Russian Federation. In March 2007 the party was disbanded by the decision of the Supreme Court. 5 years later in April 2011 the European Court of Human Rights overturned the decision. Ryzhkov told journalists he was considering having the registration reinstanced.
Source: Ekho Moskvi, 12 March 2011
On September 16, 2010, Ryzhkov, Mikhail Kasyanov, Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov established the political coalition called “Russia without lawlessness and corruption”. On the basis of the coalition they planned to establish a political party and run for presidential and parliamentary elections. The party was established in December 2010. It was called the Party of People’s Freedom (for Russia without lawlessness and corruption). At the founding conference of the party Kasyanov, Milov, Nemtsov and Ryzhkov were elected co-chairmen of the party, which the media called PARNAS.
Source: Kommersant, 7 February 2011
On May 23, 2011, Vladimir Ryzhkov told journalists that the Party of People’s Freedom filed documents for registration in the Ministry of Justice. The ministry said they had not received documents.
According to Ryzhkov, more than 46 thousand people and more than 50 regional organization joined the party. “We fulfiled the requirements of the law”, he said.
The party’s leaders — Boris Nemtsov, Vladimir Milov, Vladimir Ryzhkov and Mikhail Kasyanov — announced forming a new party last year. They planned to pass registration in May and in summer 2011 to make a nomination for the presidential run.
Source: Fontanka.ru, 23 May 2011