Deputy from the Republic of Tatarstan to the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation in the sixth convocation, member of the United Russia faction, Vice-Chairman of State Duma Committee for Housing Policy and Utilities In 1999, Alexander graduated from Tver State University in Law. For a long time, he worked as a lawyer and ombudsman in public organisations. He taught law at the university and became a CSc (Law) in 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he held various positions in commercial structures. He was Deputy CEO of Tuymazysteklo OAO and Advisor to the CEO for Legal Issues at Ufa Engine Industrial Association. In 2009, he began working as Secretary of the Federation of Independent Trades Unions of Russia (FITUR) as Head of the Collective Action and Union Movement Development Department of the FITUR, in charge of 1 May processions and demonstrations of trades unions. In 2011, he was elected State Duma Deputy from the Republic of Tatarstan. Mr. Sidyakin has been awarded diplomas of honour by the Russian President “For legislative work, services in law enforcement and many years of conscientious service” and “For contribution to preparations for and holding of the 27th World Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan”.