MOSCOW, January 18, ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Berdnikov acting head of the Republic of Altai, the Kremlin press service said.
As the office term of the Altai Republic's head and government chairman Alexander Berdnikov expires, he is appointed acting head, the presidential decree said.
The republic's State Assembly (parliament) approved him as head of the republic and head of the republic's government on December 22, 2005. He took office on January 20, 2006. Dmitry Medvedev who was Russian president at the time extended his tenure in office as the republic's head in January 2010 for the second term.
Berdnikov was born in 1953 in the city of Gorno-Altaisk. He graduated from Altai State University in 1986.
He was a worker at a furniture factory in Gorno-Altaisk in 1973-1974. From 1974 to 1980, he worked in a police department in the city. In 1974-1976, he was a district police officer. From 1976 to 1980 he was a senior officer and head of a criminal investigation department. He worked as a senior official at police departments investigating particularly serious criminal cases. In 1991-1992, he was first deputy minister and head of the criminal police service of the Altai Republic's Interior Ministry, and from 1993 to 2002 he was interior minister of the republic. From 2002 to 2005, he was chief federal inspector at the office of the presidential envoy to the Siberian Federal District (in the Republic of Altai and the Altai Territory).
Berdnikov is a member of the United Russia party's Supreme Council and a member of the board of the political council of the party's regional organization.