Nikolai Levichev (Николай Владимирович Левичев) was born May 28, 1953 in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg. A Russian politician, he was named leader of the Just Russia Party on April 16, 2011.
Levichev graduated from the physics faculty of Leningrad State University in 1976. He also studied at the Communist Party Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of State Service.
After graduating from his first degree Levichev worked at the State Optical Institute before becoming director of a summer camp for pioneers. In the 1980s he worked his way up the ranks of the Komsomol. In the early 1990s he launched a business career, serving as head of the Klyuch-S publishing house from 1991 to 2002.
In 2002 he was one of the founders of the Russian Party of Life, playing a key role in the party in the mid 2000s. He ran Sergei Mironov’s presidential election campaign in 2004 and in 2006 was elected to the central committee of A Just Russia – a party formed from the merger of Rodina, the Pensioners’ Party, and the Party of Life.
Levichev has sat in the State Duma since 2007 and on April 16, 2011 he was named head of A Just Russia at the party’s fifth congress. He replaced Sergei Mironov.
Levichev is married.