Maksim Sokolov


Maksim Yurevich Sokolov (Russian: Максим Юрьевич Соколов, tr. Maksim Yurevich Sokolov; born 29 September 1968) is a Russian economist and politician who was the Minister for Transportation, from 21 May 2012 to 7 May 2018.[1]

Maxim Sokolov
Максим Юрьевич Соколов
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Transportation Minister
In office
21 May 2012 – 7 May 2018
PresidentVladimir Putin
Preceded byIgor Levitin
Succeeded byYevgeny Dietrich
Director of the Department of Industry and Infrastructures of the Government
In office
Personal details
Maksim Yurevich Sokolov

(1968-09-29) 29 September 1968 (age 53)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
Political partyCommunist Party of the Soviet Union (Before 1991)
Independent (1991–2003)
United Russia (2004–present)
Alma materLeningrad State University


Early lifeEdit

Sokolov was born on September 29, 1969, in Leningrad. He served in the army from 1987 to 1989. In 1991, he graduated with honors from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in economics.[2]


Between 1991 and 1993, Sokolov worked as a lecturer in the department of economics at St. Petersburg State University.

In 2008 he defended his doctoral thesis in economics. According to examination made by Dissernet, this doctoral thesis contains gross undocumented plagiarism from two other doctoral theses.[3][4]

In 2011, Sokolov became professor and chair of the department of the Higher Management School of Saint Petersburg State University.


In 1992, he became Chairman of the "Rossi" Company. In 1999 and 2004 he became Chairman of "Corporation S", a company that builds elite homes in St Petersburg.[5]

Political careerEdit

In 2004, he began working in the Administration of Saint Petersburg as Head of Committee for Strategic Projects of the Municipal government. In 2009, he was a member of the municipal government, as Chairman of Committee for Economic Development, Industrial policy and Trade.

In 2009, he moved to Moscow and on December 4 of the same year he became the Director of Department for Industry and Infrastructures of the Government of Russia. In May 2012, he was appointed as Minister of Transportation by Dmitry Medvedev.

Personal lifeEdit

He is married and has three sons.

Honours and awardsEdit


  1. ^ Presidential Decree "On the appointment of the Minister for Transportation of the Russian Federation" Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine, 21.05.2012
  2. ^ "Maxim Sokolov - The Russian Government". Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  3. ^ Published results of the expertise of Maksim Sokolov’s thesis on Dissernet server
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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Transport
Succeeded by