The Van der Bellen family is descended from a Dutch glazier who emigrated from the Netherlands to the Russian Empire around 1763.

In Russia the Van der Bellen family belonged to the affluent gentry of the Pskov area. Alexander Van der Bellen’s namesake grandfather was a liberal politician who was head of the local government of Pskov before the Bolshevik takeover in Russia during the October Revolution in 1917.

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