Georgy Poltavchenko

Georgy Sergeyevich Poltavchenko (born on 24 February 1953, in Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, Soviet Union (today Azerbaijan) was the Russian Presidential Envoy to the Central Federal District. He was assigned acting governor of Saint Petersburg in August 2011.

On March 2012, Poltavchenko drew the ire of the LGBT community in Russia after he approved a controversial law penalizing the propaganda of homosexuality.In retaliation, the LGBT community in Russia sent letters to the United States, the European Union, Australia and Canada asking them to ban entry for city officials behind the controversial gay propaganda ban.

In May 2013, according to examination of his doctoral thesis made by Dissernet, Poltavchenko was accused of plagiarism: an overwhelming part of the text had been copy-pasted from several other doctoral theses and books.

St. Petersburg stadium worth 45 billion rubles is unsuitable for games


Head coach of "Zenith" Mircha Luchesku said that the field of the new stadium in St. Petersburg is not suitable even for training. The appalling quality of the lawn was also mentioned by the general manager of the club, Maxim Mitrofanov.

Friendship vs. Poltavchenko


Attempts to "grant" St. Isaac's Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church have left their mark on the St. Petersburg's governor. Taking this opportunity, the former colleagues start blaming Poltavchenko, too. 

How much is the most expensive stadium in Russia


How Poltavchenko, Albin, Deripaska and others spent more than $1 billion for the construction of a mega-stadium in St. Petersburg.

Cradle of restitution


St. Petersburg authorities have decided to transfer the St. Isaac's Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. 

Trampoline Arena


The Fifa Commission refused to accept the Zenit-Arena play field: it vibrates too much.

Smolny and Prigozhin will fight for Eliseevsky


Kremlin restaurateur Yevgeny Prigozhin demands to sell the Eliseevsky store store for 530 million rubles, 300 million less than the state price. Governor Poltavchenko ordered to fight to the end.

St. Isaac's Cathedral will be a museum


St. Petersburg authorities have refused to transfer the cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church. 

How the government agencies will celebrate the New Year


This year, state customers are going to spend nearly 10 times less money on the New Year corporate parties than a year before, as estimated by the All-Russia People's Front.