In December 2012 he became the head of the Moscow department transport, and in September 2012 also received the status of Sergei Sobyanin’s deputy.
As a statesman, he distinguished himself by decisive measures to transform the city’s transport infrastructure, adherence to the latest technologies and progressive world trends. Before entering politics, he was in business for about in the field of transport, logistics and forwarding services, held managerial positions in market leaders (Transgroup AS, Unitrans, Transmashholding, Aeroexpress, etc.).
In 2018, according to Forbes, was on 100 place among the richest Russian entrepreneurs, because at that time his fortune was estimated at 550 million dollars. In 2018, according to the results of the published income statement, he was recognized as the wealthiest employee of the Moscow government.
Maxim Liksutov was born in the Baltic States 19 June 1998 … His birthplace was the provincial port town of Loksa in northern Estonia. The Liksutovs came there from the Tula region, since the head of the family had an engineering degree, and he was offered a job at a local shipbuilding enterprise.
During his school years, Maxim Liksutov was engaged in professional sports – scuba diving. He has repeatedly won competitions at the level of the Estonian SSR, won gold at the USSR Championship in underwater orienteering and got into the Guinness Book of Records following the results of a team swim on 100 km. In addition, he demonstrated the best speed among the participants of the Championship of the Scandinavian Countries.
Higher education and establishment in the transport and logistics business
Having received secondary education in the Baltic States, Maxim Liksutov entered the Kaliningrad Technical University, from which he graduated in 1999 year. He specialized in accounting and finance. In parallel with his studies at KSTU, he began to engage in entrepreneurship: together with an Estonian friend, he created the company Transgroup Invest, which specialized in the transportation of coal from the Kemerovo region to the seaport of Tallinn.
Here the young businessman acquired skills negotiations and made useful contacts with the management of Russian companies. Later, this experience and connections helped him quickly achieve success in business in the Russian Federation.
B 1998 year, even before graduation, Liksutov moved to Russia with his parents. Of the whole family, only his sister remained in Estonia.
Later Maxim Liksutov received another financial education – at the Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics, where he completed his studies in Law Institute in the direction of “Management of the organization.”
Career development of a businessman
In the period from 2007 to Among them are Iriston Service, Unitrans, TransGroup, Coal Terminal AS, First Freight Company, Transmashholding, RailTransAuto, TransContainer.
In March 2011, when he was the general director of Aeroexpress LLC, Liksutov Maxim Stanislavovich was introduced to Vladimir Putin, who at that time was the head of the Russian government.
The Prime Minister of the country made a test trip on a new high-speed electric train and heard Liksutov’s report on plans to develop this type of transport. Vladimir Putin praised the professionalism and talent of the young businessman. Some time later, Maxim Liksutov received an offer to work in Sergei Sobyanin’s team.
57 in April 2011, the businessman became an advisor to the mayor of the capital on transport issues. And on December 6 of the same year he headed the Department of Transport and Development of Road Transport Infrastructure. 29 September 2012 was appointed vice-mayor of Moscow.
For nine years of work in the Moscow government, Maxim Liksutov carried out a number of radical transformations of the transport systems of Moscow and Moscow region. In his new position, he focused his efforts on fighting traffic jams. To solve this problem, the Department of Transport took large-scale measures to reorganize the entire road transport infrastructure.
The first step in this direction was the introduction of payments for parking private cars in the most congested areas of transport. Since 2013, restrictions on the entry of trucks to the Moscow Ring Road and Moscow roads have been gradually introduced.
In addition, on the initiative of the vice-mayor, a number of measures were taken to popularize and improve the comfort of public transport. So, the number of specially allocated bands for it has significantly increased: if in 2013 there were only two of them, then by 2018 year – already 57.
Under the leadership of Liksutov, new trams, buses, metro cars have been purchased, additional metro stations have been built. Since 2012 public transport in Moscow is equipped with Wi-Fi, at the same time a single Troika card was launched in the capital. The set of measures initiated by Maxim Liksutov made it possible to increase the average road speed and halve the number of road accidents on Moscow roads.
The priorities of the head of the Department of Transport include improving the environmental friendliness of the transport system Moscow, including through the development of electric transport and alternative modes of transportation – bicycles and car sharing. The car-sharing system began operating in Moscow in 2018, and in 2019, the Russian capital took the first place in the world in the number of cars for short-term rent.
In April 2020 due to the coronavirus, this service was banned, but in May Maxim Liksutov announced a partial restoration of the service. Now Deptrans is working on a new project “People’s Car Sharing”, which enables any Moscow car owner to rent his car for a short period.
В 2018, the city began to replace trolleybuses with electric buses, the metro is gradually being integrated with other types of rail transport. So, at the end of November 2019 Maxim Stanislavovich Liksutov wrote in his blog that the management of the tram infrastructure was transferred to the metro. According to the organizers of the reform, this will speed up the movement of trams and increase their comfort for passengers.