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The editors decided to shift the focus a little from the problems of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control and talk about people. Nikita Degtyarev, PIR Center Information & Publications Program Coordinator, interviewed Sarah Bidgood, Director of the Eurasia Nonproliferation Program at the James ...

On June 2nd President Putin signed an executive order, which approved the Basic Principles of State Policy of the Russian Federation on Nuclear Deterrence. Even without considering the contents of the “Basic Principles”, it would not be an exaggeration to say that it is a development of major import...

Introduction

Terrorism has been a threat to Russia since the 19th century. Taking on different forms – from the revolutionary Narodnaya Volya to national separatism with an infusion of Wahhabism in Chechnya to jihadist semi-criminal groups of North Caucasus – it has arguably influenced the pace and ...

How to prevent placement of weapons in Outer Space: challenges and solutions (Russian priorities) image

Recently, the threats of weaponization of outer space have been increasingly backed by both the doctrinal documents of several countries, first of all the United States, and the material content, which in turn is being formed through organizational measures, as well as improving military technical c...

The Middle East remains one of the zones of high tension and instability in the contemporary world. Today, new challenges – e.g., international terrorism, the crises in Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Syria – are adding to the old and deeply rooted problems created by the Arab-Israeli conflict. The un...

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Experts

Kolesnikov, Andrey V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Smart Internet Foundation
Position : Member of the Management Board
Biography :

Andrey Kolesnikov began his career in the field of telecommunications in 1988 being engaged in public initiatives on launching telecommunications bridges between the USSR and the USA.

As a telecommunications engineer in the joint venture of All-Union Research Institute of Applied Automatic Systems (AUIAAS) and "San-Francisco-Moscow Teleport" (SFMT), in 1991, he introduced an e-mail system with direct terminal access and internet channel connecting computers of AUIAAS and research networks in the USA. In 1992 this system became the part of national e-mail system that united Demos, Relcom, Glasnet and other internet service providers.

In 1993 he was among the 8 representatives of the internet service providers who signed an agreement, which led to the delegation of country code top level domain .RU. In 1994 he participated in development of the first license for telematics, and in 1995, he led the launch of the first Russian mass internet service "Russia-On-Line". ROL was the largest internet dial-up access service provider in Russia with access services deployed in more than 80 cities nationwide.

In 2000 Andrei Kolesnikov represented Russia in ECOSOC where he participated in development of the first international concept on information and communications technologies subsequently adopted by the leaders of G8 countries in Okinawa as "Okinawa Charter on Global Information Society.” From 2005 to 2009 he was a Council member of CC TLD .RU, Russian national registry. He served as deputy media director of VympelCom, the Russian telecom giant. In 2009-2015 was CEO of Coordination Center for TLD RU.

Andrey Kolesnikov is a recognized expert and internet activist, and a "Runet veteran.” He is a member of program and expert committees of major Russian internet forums and conferences. In 2010, he became one of initiators of launching Euro-Asian Network Operators Group (ENOG).

At the international level Andrey Kolesnikov advocates Russia’s more active engagement in governance and development of the Internet, represents interests of Russian internet community and regularly contributes to international conferences and global forums, such as IGF, ICANN, RIPE, CENTR, APTLD, ITU meetings, and others. In 2009, Andrey Kolesnikov was elected to gNSO Board and became the first Russian expert who joined ICANN’s governing bodies.

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