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Alexander Donskoy Wikipedia
Alexander Victorovich Donskoy (Russian: Александр Викторович Донской) is a former mayor of the Northern Russian city of Arkhangelsk. He was the first Russian politician of national recognition who proclaimed intentions to run for the presidency in 2008. After announcing his intentions in 2006, he was arrested in July 2007 following charges of economic crimes and abuse of office. He was released in March 2008 after receiving a sentence of 3 years on probation.
Donskoy is an entrepreneur, with interests in the supermarket, according at least to one source. He was elected as mayor of Arhangelsk in March 2005 —reportedly, the youngest mayor of the city to date. His announcement on November 1, 2006, of the intention to run for the presidency of Russia, was followed, and allegedly anticipated, by official pressure. He became the subject of a criminal investigation toward the end of 2006 and, in early 2007, was accused of abuse of office and of forging a university diploma. Following his subsequent arrest, he was released, but was arrested for the second time in July 2007. As of early October, Donskoy remained in pre-trial detention, with the third of three cases awaiting hearing. At least two sources reported that Donskoy had been handed a suspended sentence (of one year) for charges related to "faking documents" and "illegal business activity." It is not clear whether this result constituted sentences associated with two prosecuted cases or one. Prosecutors are seeking restrictions on future political activity as part of the judgment following the third trial. Supporters maintain his innocence and propose political causes for his continued prosecution.
In 2006, Donskoy raised money to buy out buildings constructed by a Romani group and reached an agreement with a baron Holupy Gomon to move the group out.