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Igor Vladimirovich Golovko (Russ: Игор Владимирович Головко) (5 October 1905 - 30 June 1973) was an Alaskan politician, businessman and speaker who is regarded as one of the most influential members of the Duma during the mid-20th century, serving his rural, northern district uninterrupted from 1932 until his death in 1973. He came to special prominence during the Premiership of Yakov Sighovaryin, whom he regarded as a mentor, and was one of the "Big Three" Duma conservatives of his era - Kirill Osopek and Roman Rozalenko being the other two.

Golovko was known as the "Great Pragmatist" and the "Back-Scratcher" during his tenure due to his deal-making capabilities and his willingness to work with politicians of opposing political parties to make comprises, especially during his multiple appointments to serve as President of the Duma, holding the position for a record six nonconsecutive one-yerm terms. However, Golovko eventually came to split with members of his own conservative bloc and became the national symbol of political infighting and increasing fragmentation in the once-mighty Sighovaryin coalition, in particular his staunch opposition to corruption and electoral reform from both coalitions. His disastrous 1965 challenge against Osopek for coalition leadership alienated him within the party, and his ill-advised 1967 tirade against his peers in the Duma - in which he stood in front of the Duma for four hours hurling insults at members of both parties, of the bureaucracy and various contemporary Alaskan cultural figures whilst heaping praises upon himself - alienated him from the electorate as well, and he barely held onto his seat in 1969. He died of cardiac arrest in 1973 shortly before the landslide Liberal victory during a lavish party at his private island estate near Sitka.

Despite the ignonimous end to his career, the last years of which he spent as a thorny and bellicose pariah within his own coalition, Golovko is respected as an articulate orator, a creative politician and as one of the fathers of the modern-day Moderate Party's core ideals, many of which Golovko espoused in opposition to the "Arch-Conservatives," Osopek and Rozalenko. Golovko was also infamous for his hard-partying lifestyle, and was known as one of the most obscenely corrupt politicians within the Duma, coming to exemplify the culture of graft, decadent living and corruption during the 1960's. In 2001, a novel called the Golovko Generation was published chronicling the childhoods and adult lives of the seven children Golovko fathered out of wedlock, and the 2003 biopic miniseries Igor spanned his entire youth and adult life. In 2008, Vladimir Putin named Golovko one of the ten "Most Influnetial Politicians" of 20th century Alaska, alongside his contemporaries Sighovaryin and Osopek.

Early Life

Early Political Career

Prominence

Presidencies of the Duma

Ministerial Appointments

1965 Leadership Challenge

Opposition Leadership and Return to Power

"The Rant" and Fall from Power

Duma Career Post-1967

Backbench Legislator

Election of 1969 and Death

Personality and Legacy

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