Aleksey Gordeyev was born on February, 28, 1955 in the family of a military man in one of the cities of Brandenburg, GDR. He lived in Germany for about three years, and then his parents sent him to his homeland to the village Uryadino in Kasimovsky district of Ryazan region. He went to school in Magadan. In 1978 he graduated from Moscow Institute of Railway Engineers with a degree in construction of railways, road and track facilities, and receiving qualification of railway engineer. In 1992 he graduated from the Academy of National Economy under the Council of Ministers of the USSR with a degree in management. After graduation and military service (1978-1980) from 1980 he worked as a senior foreman of the SU-4 Glavmosstroy.
In 1981-1986 he was chief expert, head of Department, and then deputy head of RSFSR Glavsnab Minplodoovoschhoz.
In 1986 he was appointed deputy head of production and distribution of packaging in Gosagroprom of the RSFSR, then deputy CEO of Agro-Industrial Complex Moscow.
In 1992-1997 he was deputy head of Administration of Lyubertsy district in Moscow region.
Since 1997 he was head of the Department of Economics, member of the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia.
Since May 1998 he was first deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Russian Federation.
In early 1999 he was elected deputy chairman of Russia's Agrarian Party lead by Mikhail Lapshin.
On August, 19, 1999 he was appointed Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Russian Federation in Vladimir Putin's government.
On May 19, 2000 he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture.
On May 25, 2002 he was elected chairman of the Russian public organization Russian agrarian movement.
On February 16, 2009, Dmitry Medvedev nominated him for the post of governor of Voronezh region. On February 26, 2009 he was approved in this post and dismissed from the post of Minister of Agriculture.
On March 12, 2009 he officially took office.
Order of Merit for the Fatherland, III degree (2005)
Order of Merit for the Fatherland, IV degree (2008)
Medal of Honour (2001)
Medal of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, II degree (1997)
Medal "For Labour in Agriculture" (2006)
Medal for 850th Anniversary of Moscow
Medal for the 300th Anniversary of St. Petersburg
Medal "For the construction of the Baikal-Amur Railway"
Medal "For the transformation Nechernozemie RSFSR"
Honoured Economist of the Russian Federation (1999)
Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (2003)
Gratitude of the President of the Russian Federation (2007)
Medal of Stolypin, I degree (2009)
Honourary Certificate of Government of the Russian Federation (2005)
Hero of the Republic of Kalmykia
Order of the White Lotus (Kalmykia, 2007)
Order of the Polar Star (Yakutia, 2008)
Order of Merit for the Mari-El, II degree (Mari-El, 2008)
Order of Merit for Kaliningrad Region (Kaliningrad, 2009)
Medal of Merit for the society (Altai Krai, 2007)
Honourary Medal of Merit for Moscow (Moscow, 2005)
Badge of Honour of the Governor of Samara Region "For work for the benefit of the land of Samara (Samara Oblast, 2005)
Medal of Merit for the Chechen Republic (Chechnya, 2006)
Grand Cross with Star and Shoulder Ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009)
State Counselor of the Russian Federation, First category
In 2010 Gordeyev’s revenue amounted to 4.8 million rubles, and his wife, Tatiana Gordeyeva, earned 2.4 million rubles. In the corresponding tax declaration the governor indicated as property an apartment, a garage with two parking spots and cars GAZ-M20 Pobeda, M-403 Moskvitch, and GAZ-69A.
Gordeyev is married and has a son and daughter
In the early 1990s Gordeyev was lucky to get acquainted with Viktor Semyonov, a major enterpreneur in the agrarian sector, who employed the former railway engineer and could not only enrich Gordeyev’s knowledge in agriculture, but also to consistently push him up the career ladder. According to unofficial information, with the help of his patron Gordeyev made his way to the administration of Lyubertsy district in Moscow region, where Semyonov allegedly had strong ties. Then Viktor Semyonov, as Minister of Agriculture, had his protégé transferred to the Ministry of Agriculture and even made him his first deputy, though he was well aware of Gordeyev’s professionalism. Next, Gordeyev smoothly moved into the chair of the Minister, when Semenov became a State Duma deputy.
Source: Novy Region, 11 September 2006
State company Rosagroleasing was established at the initiative of Gordeyev. On December 21, 2001 Rosagroleasing received its first budget money, 5 million rubles. On the same day, the state-owned company got a new head, Elena Skrynnik, who was linked to Minister Gordeyev. The two studied together at the Academy of National Economy under the Government of Russia.
As soon as the budget money was on the account of Rosagroleasing, it was redistributed between equipment suppliers, that is, Russian machine-building companies. Now it was the accounts in the commercial Akademhimbank that the money went to, and then it was issued in the form of loans at 20% per annum. During 2002-2003, Rostselmash transferred to Akademhimbank 1.4 billion rubles from the budgetary funds; Krasnoyarsk Combine Harvester Plant JSC transferred 1.2 billion rubles; Petersburg Tractor Plant CJSC transferred 230 million rubles; Volgograd Tractor Plant CJSC transferred 250 million rubles.
Source: Stringer, 08 July 2003
In 2003 the Ministry of Agriculture agreed with Ukrrezerv that Ukraine would receive the grain as a commodity loan and would pay for it from next year's harvest with little interest. However, Putin instructed Gordeyev to study the issue so that the supply could be done for money to make the deal profitable for Russia.
As a result the grain was delivered to Ukraine at a price of 110 dollars per ton, which was, according to experts, even below the cost. And even less than the price at which Ukraine purchased grain from its national (160 dollars). Meanwhile, grain prices in Europe rocketed to 200 dollars per ton. Viktor Yanukovych seriously considered the question of exporting 2.2 million tons of extra grain derived from Russia.
After such statements Russia not only did not cease to supply grains at reduced price, but also with the recommendation of the Ministry of Agriculture announced its intention to increase grain deliveries by another 1 million tons.
Source: Novaya Gazeta, 22 September 2003
In 2004 a group of officials including Gordeyev went to Athens on board of a MIBS Travel 10-deck super-liner Vesterdam, where the so-called Russian House would be located during the Olympics. MIBS Travel CEO, Marcos Shiapanis, announced the ticket prices. They were from 10 to 26 thousand euros. Russian Olympic Committee explained the reasons for such a stir among the officials who wanted to live on the superliner. A source close to Leonid Tyagachev explained that Gordeyev was President of the Russian Judo Federation. The Federation could afford to send its head to Athens.
Source: Nezavisimaya Gazeta, 22 April 2004
Gordeyev was linked to Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov not only as a colleague but also as a friend. Gordeyev baptized Kasyanov’s daughter Natasha, and when he was deputy prime minister he often took the Prime Minister to hunt to Ozyorskoye, for which he later gave game keepers triple amounts of animal feed.
In late 2002 the old idea of administrative reform came to the surface again. The reform provided for the abolition of deputy prime minister and making minister of agriculture and deputy prime minister in charge of agrarian complex two separate positions. It was directed personally against Gordeyev. The news caught Gordeyeva on vacation in Germany, and he started to prepare for retirement, but Kasyanov did not support the idea and thus protected his friend.
Source: Russian Kurier, 10 October 2005
The federal budget in 2005 specifically mentioned Agroplemsoyuz allocating the firm up to 50 million rubles for serving as agent in the process of repaying the debt of farms for breeding stock leasing purchased at the expense of the federal budget.
Agroplemsoyuz was headed by Aleksey Dankvert, the father of Sergey Dankvert, the head of Rosselkhoznadzor. Among the shareholders there were Agribusiness Ltd, which was owned by Inna Dankvert, the wife of the head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Tatyana Gordeyeva, the wife of the Minister of Agriculture.
Source: Russian Forbes, January 2007
In 2010 Vasily Smolyanov, head of the Administration of Press and Mass Media of Voronezh region, sent by e-mail an order to all chief editors of regional newspapers, saying that "Each issue should include at least two thirds of a column dedicated to giving information on the activities of the governor and the government, using information from the official Internet portal of the regional authorities in order to avoid problems with the reports on completion of projects."
Source: Kommersant, 23 April 2010
In 2010 Vitaly Zhikharev, editor in chief of Voronezh regional newspaper The Commune, retired from office. According to his confession, one of the reasons for that was the scandal which began with a letter from Vsevolod Bogdanov, head of the Russian Journalists Union, to the Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika, in which he accused local officials of censorship in the local media. Gordeyev said that the scandal initiated by the editor "hurt the investment climate of the region."
Sources in The Commune said that the newspaper began to experience financial difficulties. The newspaper had state contracts as one of the main revenue sources, and such contracts were then withdrawn. Apparently, Zhikharev left his posts so as not to harm the newspaper.
Source: Kommersant, 24 June 2010
Since February 2010 the son of Gordeyev, Nikita, owns 100% of Sady Podmoskoviya (Russian for “gardens of Moscow region”) and Sady Podmoskoviya is the sole owner of the Oka agro. This agricultural holding began to form in 2007, based on Vozrozhdeniye (Russian for “rebirth”) and Intensive (former Avant-garde) farms which had been headed by Sergei Salnikov, former chief of the Department of Agriculture and Food of Ryazan region and the local Duma deputy, and his wife, Vera Salnikova. Total revenues in 2009 amounted to nearly 200 million rubles.
Source: Vedomosti, 25 April 2011