- Donskoy as a businessman
- Achievements as mayor
- Nomination for the post of President of the Russian Federation - why?
- Life after trial
He was born in 1970 in the working district of the city of Arkhangelsk. There was no “golden spoon” in the mouth there - the poor family, the mother a cleaner, my father worked on an excavator. The beginning of the life path was the most ordinary - school, army, then various unqualified works. How could a boy from among the workers reach the level of the urban elite, become a rich businessman, and then the mayor of Arkhangelsk? What helped him in this - perseverance, luck, willpower or fate?
Donskoy as a businessman
After going through a lot of low-paid jobs after the army, Alexander Donskoy decided to try his hand at trading. He began with small stalls where cigarettes, cosmetics, small goods were sold. In 1994, he registered a company, called it "Season" and began to consolidate. Soon, instead of stalls, shops appeared, the state began to grow, and things went. He was lucky in business - after 10 years, more than 800 employees were subordinate to him. The goal - “make money” was achieved. And Alexander Donskoy decided to go into politics - he is running for mayor of the city as an independent candidate.
Achievements as mayor
Arkhangelsk is an extremely depressed region. The region possessing natural resources, meanwhile, is in a deplorable state. Tourists coming to the city see disgusting asphalt even in the city center, a huge amount of dilapidated housing, mountains of garbage on the street.
It was such a city Don Alexander began to lead. There were problems in it, the donations from the center were not enough. But, nevertheless, during the time that Donskoy headed the capital of Pomorye, he managed to do a lot.
For example, the Gypsy problem was solved. The huge gypsy diaspora was going to settle in the administrative center, as they say, "forever." It could not please the indigenous people, the tension of passions went off scale. Alexander Donskoy was able to solve the problem, and with the help of monetary compensation he convinced the Gypsies to choose another place of residence.
Another merit that is attributed by the Archangelites to Donskoy is the reconstruction of the pedestrian Chumbarov-Luchinsky Avenue.
This avenue is called the “local Arbat”, and here is a collection of unique wooden houses - the memory of old Arkhangelsk. In 2005, Donskoy, being the mayor of the city, initiated the restoration and restoration of the avenue. By 2009, restoration work came to an end, and the street was open to citizens. In addition to a large amount of greenery, paved pavement and unique wooden buildings, lanterns, beautiful benches, and monuments to the writer Stepan Pisakhov appeared there.
Nomination for the post of President of the Russian Federation - why?
What prompted Donskoy to announce his nomination for the presidency of Russia? Supporters and opponents are considering several versions:
- The desire to draw attention to their depressive region. Arkhangelsk really was and is in a rather pitiable condition. Housing and roads - the two main problems - costly. Alexander Donskoy could not solve these problems without resorting to the help of the federal budget. And his statement of intention to run for the presidency in the next elections was an act of attracting federal authorities to the problems of financing the city.
- Donskoy became crowded within the head of the city, and in this way he decided to continue his political career. The ex-mayor of Arkhangelsk, Alexander Donskoy, is known as a man who conquers the summits one by one. It is closely for him to be constantly in the same framework. So, starting a business, he was constantly expanding his capacities not only for the sake of income - he simply became uninteresting in the same state. And, having reached for himself the highest level in any business, he “folded” him and proceeded to something else. Thus, the company "Season" at the time of sale was among the top 10 retailers in the North-West region of Russia. And it began with a single stall.
- In the fall of 2018, Alexander Donskoy publishes an autobiographical book, Mood Swings. From depression to euphoria ", in which he talks about his illness. According to him, he has suffered from bipolar affective disorder since childhood. This disease used to be called “Manic-depressive psychosis”. It is characterized by a sharp and deep change of mood. In the manic stage, this is self-confidence, over-activity, constantly high spirits. In depressive - deep disappointment in life, fatigue, suicidal thoughts.
One way or another, the fact remains that in the fall of 2006, Alexander Donskoy announced his intention to run for president in the 2008 elections. Shortly thereafter, he was under investigation, and the procurator opened a criminal case against him. The reason - allegedly the mayor of the city received his diploma of higher education illegally, in other words, he bought it. The investigation lasted more than a year, and in the end, by a court decision, Donskoy was found guilty, sentenced to 3 years probation and left the chair of the city.
Life after trial
After 8 months in the SIZO, there was no longer enough forces to continue the political path. Alexander Donskoy and his family experienced not the simplest moments - a deep depression, lack of money, a breakdown.
Marina's wife, with whom they had been together since high school, all the time supported Donskoy as best she could. They have two beautiful children - son Alexander and daughter Evita. But, probably, something broke inside the ex-mayor, and after so many years of family life, the couple decides to divorce.
In his autobiography, Alexander Viktorovich Donskoy recalls his wife Marina with warm words. And also tells what else happened in his personal life. In 2016, he remarried, but not for long - he was fascinated by another girl. As a result, the divorce is again, but, according to Donskoy, he is now happy with his new darling.
Donskoy is the owner of several museums and a personal growth coach, and he also has a video blog. He often shocks the public with non-standard statements or actions, and generally attracts a lot of attention. It is not known how the fate of this extraordinary person will continue.