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Vlasov, Yury Petrovich

NAME: Vlasov, Yury


BORN: Dec. 5, 1935,

in Makeyevka,


Oblast, UkraineEDUCATION:

Graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Engineering Academy in 1959 as a radio technician.


1957-67: member of the U.S.S.R. weightlifting team. Five times a U.S.S.R. champion in heavy lifting, four times a world champion.

1967-: author of books including "Red Jacks," "To Overcome Oneself," "The Justice of Strength," "Salty Joy" and "Who Runs the Ball."

1987-88: chairman of the U.S.S.R. Federation for Athletic Gymnastics

1989: quit the Communist Party and elected as a U.S.S.R. People's Deputy; gave speech at the First Congress sharply criticizing the Soviet Union as a police state.

1991-92: supported Yeltsin during the August coup, but then flirted with leftist nationalists.

1993: elected to the State Duma; nominated for the chairmanship, but defeated in a first vote by Ivan Rybkin, 233-200.


Olympic Gold Medal for weightlifting, 1960; Silver Medal 1964;Order of Lenin.

LANGUAGES: Russian, French (much better than Zhirinovsky's, according to his aides).

INTERESTS: History, rare books, Theodore Roosevelt, Russian Orthodox Church bell music.

N.B.: claims the KGB tried to slowly poison him in 1991-92.