16 Facts About Anatoly Sobchak


Anatoly Sobchak was born in Chita, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union, on 10 August 1937.


Anatoly Sobchak's father, Aleksander Antonovich, was a railroad engineer of Polish and Czech origin, and his mother, Nadezhda Andreyevna Litvinova, was an accountant of Russian and Ukrainian origin.


In 1939, the family moved to Uzbekistan, where Anatoly lived until 1953 before entering Stavropol Law College.


Anatoly Sobchak was very popular among law students, especially for his mildly anti-government comments.


Anatoly Sobchak was one of only a few deputies who had a legal background, so he contributed enormously to most of the laws created from 1989 to 1991.


Anatoly Sobchak became one of the founders and a co-chairman of the Inter-Regional Deputies Group along with Andrei Sakharov and Boris Yeltsin.


Anatoly Sobchak was a chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on the Investigation of the events of 9 April 1989 in Tbilisi.


Anatoly Sobchak was a member of the President's Consultative Council during Mikhail Gorbachev's tenure and contributed to legislation that originated from the presidential administration.


Anatoly Sobchak won the elections, and the city voted to return to its historical name of Saint Petersburg.


Anatoly Sobchak was Mayor of Saint Petersburg from 1991 to 1996.


Anatoly Sobchak was accused of irregularities in the privatization of his own apartment, his elder daughter's apartment, and his wife's art studio.


On 7 November 1997, Anatoly Sobchak flew to Paris on a private plane without passport processing on the Russian side.


The formal reason for his departure was medical treatment in a Paris hospital for his heart condition, but Anatoly Sobchak never checked in at the hospital.


On 17 February 2000, Putin met with Anatoly Sobchak and urged him to travel to Kaliningrad to support his election campaign.


Anatoly Sobchak traveled there, accompanied by two assistants who served as his bodyguards.


On 20 February 2000, Anatoly Sobchak died suddenly in the town of Svetlogorsk of the Kaliningrad Oblast.