Vitaly A. Chernikov

Candidate of Political Sciences,

Candidate of Political Sciences, architect by training. In 1990, he was elected deputy to Kaluga City Council of People’s Deputies, and then got elected chair of the City Council. In 1992, he was appointed head (mayor) of Kaluga City Administration. In 1991, he was part of the team that developed the first law on self-government in Russia. In 1993, he took part in the Constitutional Conference. From 1994 to 1996, he was deputy to Kaluga Oblast Legislative Assembly, where he co-authored several laws for Kaluga Oblast and the 1994 Kaluga Oblast Charter. In 1995, he was a member of the working group on developing the federal law “On the General Principles of the Organization of Local Self-Government in the Russian Federation.” In 2002 and 2003, he worked on the new version of the law. Vitaly Chernikov is the author of the monograph “Systemic Political and Social Conflicts in Local Self-Government” as well as a number of expert articles in various regional and federal media.

The Distinctive Nature of Local Governments and Municipal Elections

Balabanova O.V., Kiselyov K.V., Kovin V.S., Kryzhov S.B., Rusakova Ye.L., Cherepanova A.F., Cherepanova K.F., Chernikov V.A., Shavshukova N.V., Shapiro L.V.