Leonid Volkov

Politician, Chief-of-Staff and Political Director of Alexei Navalny’s team


Leonid Volkov is a Russian politician, chief-of-staff and political director of Alexei Navalny’s team.

He was campaign manager for Navalny’s 2013 mayoral campaign in Moscow, as well as for his attempt to register for the 2018 presidential election. He later set up and managed the political activities of Navalny’s offices in more than 40 major Russian cities. Since 2018, he has been responsible for Smart Voting – a tactical election campaign that defeated hundreds of members of Putin’s United Russia party in regional elections. Since 2019, Leonid Volkov has been based in Vilnius, Lithuania, and also represents Team Navalny at the international level.

Volkov is an IT project manager by profession and holds a PhD in computer science from Ural State University in his hometown of Yekaterinburg. He was a member of the Ekaterinburg City Council from 2009 to 2013 and was elected its only independent member. In 2015, Volkov founded the Internet Protection Society, a non-governmental organisation that promotes internet freedom and digital rights in Russia.