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Igor Artemiev was born on 27 November 1961 in Leningrad. He graduated from Leningrad State University, Faculty of Biology, and went on to get his second degree from the Faculty of Law of St Petersburg State University. He is the author of 43 articles and patents, and six budget and economy monographs.
Since 1989, Igor has taken an active part in the politics of Leningrad, and later in St Petersburg. He was elected as a deputy to Leningrad Council; later to the Legislative Assembly.
From 1992 until 1994 he was head of the Commission for Ecology and Communal Economy of the Leningrad Council. From then until 1996 he was chairman of the Commission for the Municipal Economy and chairman of the budget committee of St Petersburg Legislative Assembly. His area of legislative interests a the time covered the municipal budget, budget process, taxation, and economy policy.
From 1996 until 1999, Igor was vice-governor of St Petersburg and chairman of the finance committee of the City Administration. After that, until 2004, he was head of the economic and political research fund EpiCenter in St Petersburg, where he was developing the alternative budget of the Russian Federation. He was also draftsman of the Concession Agreement Statute, the United Social Tax Statute, the Derivative Financial Implements Statute, the Statute of Reductive Taxation System for Subjects of Small Entrepreneurship, a cluster of Family Business Laws, and various amendments to the Criminal Code, the Criminal Procedural Code and the Civil Procedural Code of Russian Federation. He was a representative of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation third convocation. During that convocation he held a position of vice chairman in the Yabloko faction, and vice chairman of the committee for credit organisations and financial markets.
Since 2004, Igor has been the head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation, appointed by decree of Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov on 10 March 2004.
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