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    /Biography of Alexander Zhukov, a provisional first vice-premier in Russia's new government/ MOSCOW, MARCH 2 (RIA NOVOSTI)-Russia's acting prime minister Mikhail Fradkov has suggested today that Vice-Speaker Alexander Zhukov, a member of the central political council of the pro-president's United Russia party, be appointed first deputy premier. This proposal was uttered at a meeting with United Russia deputies in the lower chamber of parliament.

    Alexander Zhukov, born in Moscow on June 1, 1956, graduated from the economics department of Moscow State University as a mathematician-economist in 1976 and was granted a Harvard University certificate in 1991.

    Over the decade from 1981 to 1991, he worked at the Russian finance ministry's currency department where he covered the career ladder from junior economist to section chief.

    He was associated with Autotractoroexport as vice-president from 1991 to 1993.

    Alexander Zhukov is a deputy of the State Duma of the first, second and third convocations (1993-2003) elected from Moscow's Preobrazhensky electoral district No.198. In the state Duma of the penultimate, third, convocation, he headed the budget, tax, banking and finance committee.

    On December 7, 2003, he was elected deputy of the Duma of the fourth convocation from the United Russia party to become First Vice-Speaker on December 29.

    An expert in currency, taxation and customs law. Speaks English fluently.

    Master of Sports in chess, he was elected president of the Russian chess federation in April 2003.

    In 2003, Zhukov was awarded the Order of Honour "for achievements in law making and consolidation and multi-year conscientious work". Holder of the juridical prize "Themis" in the "economics and law" nomination for 2001.

    Zhukov is married, has got a son.

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