Boris Johnson — Mayor of London
Boris Johnson is a Mayor of London with Russian name and Russian roots.
He was born on June 19, 1964 and his full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
His great-grandfather, Ali Kemal, a Turkish journalist married a Circassian slave from southern Russia. Johnson’s great-grandmother left her homeland because of the Caucasian war and was enslaved by the Ottomans. Their descendants later moved to the United States, and from there to England, where they took a popular surname Johnson.
Boris Johnson has served as Mayor of London since 2008. In 1999 he became editor of The Spectator, then later served as the Member of Parliament for Henley from the 2001 general election until 2008.
Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, Eton College, and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Classics. Beginning his career in journalism with The Times and then The Daily Telegraph, he became Assistant Editor from 1994 to 1999 before taking editorship of The Spectator.
During his period in the House of Commons, Johnson became one of the most conspicuous politicians in the country, authoring books and making regular television appearances.
During his first term, he banned alcohol on public transport, implemented measures to encourage business, and oversaw the 2012 London Olympic Games. In 2012, he was re-elected as Mayor.
Johnson is a supporter of many causes, particularly the teaching of Classics in inner city schools, and is a patron of The Iris Project. Johnson has also supported Book Aid International.
In 2006, he took part in a charity football match between England and Germany, consisting of celebrities and former players.
Boris in public transport
Boris Johnson likes to ride a bike