Михаил Мень

Mikhail Men  was born in Moscow oblast. In his childhood Men played the main role in film "Deniska's stories" based on children's stories by Soviet writer Viktor Dragunsky that are very well-known in Russia and former USSR. Graduated from Moscow State University of Culture and Arts, Institute of Management, Economics, Law and Informatics and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

1979 - worked as a sound engineer in Moscow Satire Theatre 
1980–1982 - served in the army
1983–1991  sound engineer in Mossovet Theatre, main director of Filevsky Park of Culture
In the mid 80th Men created rock bands "Most" ("Bridge") and "Morskoy Patrool" ("Sea Patrool").
1991–1993 was engaged in book publishing business.

1993–1995 - deputy of the Moscow Oblast Duma from the Sergiev Posad District

1995–1999 deputy of the State Duma, vice-chairman of the committee on culture

1999–2002 vice-governor of Moscow oblast, first vice-chairman of Moscow Oblast Government

2002–2005 deputy mayor in the Government of Moscow

From Dec 2005 to Oct 2013 — governor of Ivanovskaya oblast

In Oct 2013 Mikhail Men accepted suggestion of the President of Russia to become a head of new Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities.