Alexander Nevzorov

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Languages: Russian, French
Geography: Russia & CIS countries

Alexander Nevzorov is a former Russian and Soviet TV journalist, a film director and a former member of the Russian parliament. He is the founder of the horsemanship school, Nevzorov Haute Ecole.

He started his work for the Leningrad television in 1985 and had been an editor-in-chief in Leningrad (and later Saint-Petersburg) television for 10 years. In December 1987 - 1993 he hosted the enormously popular daily political program 600 Seconds on the Leningrad TV channel, aired then all over the Soviet Union.

On December 12, 1990, Nevzorov was shot and slightly wounded in Leningrad under obscure circumstances in a headline-making attempt.

He was militantly in favor of preserving the Soviet Union integrity. On January 15, 1991, in his program he approved brutal actions of the Soviet authorities in Vilnius during the Vilnius massacre. In late 1991 his program was taken off the air two times and later gradually lost its popularity. In October 1991, Nevzorov formed the Nashi movement. The broadcast was finally closed down in the aftermath of Yeltsin's victory in his confrontation with the Russian Supreme Soviet (Nevzorov had supported the anti-Yeltsin side). Nevzorov worked as a reporter, collecting news from Yugoslav wars and the War of Transnistria in 1992-1993. In 1994 he was a vocal supporter of the initiation of the First Chechen War.

In 1997 he wrote and directed the TV film Chistilishche ("Purgatory") about the Chechen war, co-produced with Boris Berezovsky and released in March 1998.

In the 1993 campaign he was elected deputy in the State Duma of the Russian Federation for the first time, and since then has been reelected as an independent deputy three times, serving until the 2007 elections when the single constituency seats were abolished. He served as an adviser on film, TV and radio to Vladimir Yakovlev during the latter's tenure as the Governor (mayor) of St Petersburg.

In 1999 Nevzorov collaborated with the ORT TV channel and often appeared as an political commentator on Sergey Dorenko's Saturday night news show. Later he abandoned political journalism and devoted himself to horses. He wrote the book The Horse: Crucified and Risen, directed two documentaries, and produced several journal articles and publications.

As a founder and owner of Nevzorov Haute Ecole, a school of horse training and riding, he claimed to have developed methods for training horses without the use of traditional means of control (bits). Nevzorov's methods have not been widely publicized, due to the lack of interest on the part of international equestrian community. However, Nevzorov appears to have a small following in Russia. He claimed to have developed the training methodology himself with the assistance of his wife, while working with Nevzorov horse Perst. The school is represented outside of Russia by some of Nevzorov's students in Canada, Italy, Australia and the USA. For the last couple of years he has been studying the effects of equestrian sports on a horse's body.