Rector, St. Petersburg State University
Nikolay Kropachev was born February 8, 1959, in Leningrad.
In 1981 – graduated from Leningrad State University named after A.A. Zhdanov. His academic advisor was Professor V.S. Prokhorov.
1981 to 1984 – postgraduate at the Criminal Law Department of Leningrad State University. In 1984, under the guidance of Professor N.A. Belyaev, Nikolay Kropachev developed and defended his Candidate’s dissertation on “Criminal Matter.”
Since 1985 – Assistant Professor of Criminal Law at Leningrad State University; 1991 – Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor at St. Petersburg State University; 1993 – awarded the academic title of Associate Professor of Criminal Law. In 2000, Nikolay Kropachev was elected Chairman of the Criminal Law Department and has held this position to the present day. 2001 to present - Professor of the Criminal Law Department.
Since 1992 - Dean of the Special Faculty of Continuing Legal Education at St. Petersburg State University. 1993 – 1998, First Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Law at St. Petersburg State University. 1998 to present - Dean of the Faculty of Law at St. Petersburg State University; in 1998, Nikolay Kropachev pioneered the establishment of a legal clinic at the Faculty of Law and has since promoted the development of lawyers’ practical training at the University. In 2000, Nikolay Kropachev defended a doctoral thesis on the “Mechanism of Criminal Law Regulation” and was awarded the academic degree Doctor of Law. In 2003, he was awarded the academic title Professor of Criminal Law. His scope of academic interests includes: criminal law, theory of state and law, criminology, and education law. These issues have been considered by Nikolay Kropachev in more than 60 scientific and instructional works, including a number of monographs and textbooks recognised by the Russian legal community. Nikolay Kropachev is Chairman of the Committee for Doctoral and Candidate’s Dissertations at St. Petersburg State University.
September 2000 to September 2005 - Chairman of the Charter Court of St. Petersburg. Nikolay Kropachev has the rank of a 1st Class Full State Counsellor of St. Petersburg.
For many years Nikolay Kropachev has actively participated in various professional organisations of lawyers: he is a Presidium Member of the Council of Russian Education and Teaching Methods Committee on Law; since 1996, he has been Vice-President of the Interregional Association of Law Schools of Russia, and a Presidium Member of the Association of Lawyers of Russia; since 2002, President of the Association of Lawyers of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region; since 2007 - Chairman of the Public Council under the Federal Service on the Control over Traffic in Narcotic Drugs of the Russian Federation; since 2008 – Member of the Scientific and Advisory Council of the General Prosecutor's Office of Russia; from 2004 to 2008, he was a Presidium Member of the Council of Judges of the Russian Fedetation . Nikolay Kropachev successfully works to improve the legal and organisational support of higher professional education and science as Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council for Science, Technology and Education, as well as a member of the Presidential Council for Codification and Enhancement of Civil Legislation and the Presidential Commission for Federal Pool of High Potential Managers.
Nikolay Kropachev’s professional achievements have been honoured by the 300th Аnniversary of St. Petersburg Commemorative Medal (2003) and the Order of Honour (2004), as well as the A.F. Koni Medal (1999), the 125th Anniversary of Russian Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice System Commemorative Medal (2004), lapel pin “Honorary Lawyer of the Russian Federation” (2007) and lapel pin “Honorary Officer of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Russian Federation” (2008). For his developments in the field of organisation and improvement of higher professional education in the Russian Federation, Nikolay Kropachev was awarded the Presidential Prize in Education (2001) and the Russian Government Prize in Education (2007).
- "The Mechanism of Criminal Law Regulation: Norms, Legal Relations, Responsibility: a Monograph,” co-author, 1989;
- "Criminal Law at the Present Stage: Problems of Crime and Punishment: a Monograph,” co-author, 1992;
- "Criminology. General Part: Textbook,” co-author, 1992;
- "The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation with Official Article-by-Article Commentary,” co-author, 1994;
- "Criminal Law. Special Part: Textbook,” co-author, 1995;
- "Criminal Legislation of the Russian Federation with a Comparative Analysis of Articles of the Criminal Code of Russia (1996) and the Criminal Code of the RSFSR (1960),” co-author, 1996;
- "Criminal Law Regulation: Mechanism and System: a Monograph,” 1999;
- "The Mechanism of Criminal Law Regulation: Criminal Liability: a Textbook,” co-author, 2000;
- "Criminology: a Textbook,” scientific editor and co-author, 2005;
- "Criminal Law in Russia. General Part: a Textbook,” scientific editor and co-author, 2006