Born on December 9, 1965 in Novosibirsk. Liana Pepelyaeva graduated from the Law School of Tomsk State University (Novosibirsk Branch) in 1988 and from the School of Economics of Novosibirsk State Academy of Economics and Management in 1996. Between 1988 and 1998 Ms. Pepelyeva worked as a lawyer in Novosibirsk area legal aid office. She was appointed Director of Sibirskaya Yuridicheskaya Kontora Law Firm in 1998 and Chairperson in 2003. Liana Pepelyaeva was elected Deputy of Novosibirsk City Council twice – in 1996 and in 2001. In 2003 and 2007 she was elected Deputy of the State Duma. In June 2012 Ms. Pepelyaeva joined Regional Development Department of the Government of the Russian Federation as its Director. Liana Pepelyaeva has a PhD in Law and holds a status of the Honored Lawyer of the Russian Federation. She has two daughters.