BIOGRAPHYAlexander Khinstein — State Duma Committee on Informational Policy, Technologies and Communications
Member of the Russian State Duma of the seventh convocation from the 158th electoral district of the Samara Region; Member of the United Russia party; and Chair of the State Duma Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications since January 22, 2020.
Since November 23, 2019: Deputy Secretary of the United Russia General Council and Member of the United Russia General Council Presidium.
Since 2019: Coordinator of the party’s project The Historical Memory of United Russia.
Since February 2020: Member of the Government
Commission on Digital Development and the Use of
Information Technology to Improve Quality of Life and
Member of the Russian Ministry of Education Board.
Member of the Presidium of the Russian Lawyers’ Association; Member of the Central Council of the Russian Military-Historical Society; Member of the Russian Union of Journalists; Member of the Presidium of the Moscow Union of Journalists; and Member of the Russian Book Union.
Alexander Khinshtein was born to a family of engineers on October 26, 1974 in Moscow. He graduated from the Journalism Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2001), and later received a second degree as a lawyer at the Moscow University of the Russian Interior Ministry (2007). He also completed a training program for top executives at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (2013).
In 1992, Khinshtein started working at the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper as a correspondent, special reporter and commentator reporting to the editor-in-chief, and made a name for himself for his much publicized investigative journalism into corruption. Numerous criminal cases were opened due to his publications; several hundred senior officials, law enforcement and intelligence officers were dismissed, and dozens of them indicted on criminal charges.
In 1999−2002, he was the creator and host of a popular investigative program, The Secret Files, on the TVTs channel.
In December 2003, Khinshtein was elected to the State Duma at the Semyonov single-seat electoral district 122 (Nizhny Novgorod Region), becoming one of the youngest MPs at the age of 29. He was a member of the State Duma of the fourth, fifth and sixth convocations. In September 2018, he was elected a member of the State Duma of the seventh convocation from the 158th single-seat district of the Samara Region.
In addition to being a deputy, he continues his journalism career and regularly publishes investigations in the MK newspaper.
Alexander Khinshtein is also known for his regular appearances as an expert and participant in social and political programs on national television.