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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...

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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...

After U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty it has become obvious that nearly fifty years old history of nuclear arms control is coming to its end.  
The New START treaty is set to expire on February 5, 2021 and there is little doubt that it will be the end of it. It could be extended if both countries...

Strategic stability in its classical sense – understood as a state of US-Russian relations under which neither side has incentives to launch a first nuclear strike – was developed during the Cold War. Such stability is achieved by “seeking agreements that improve survivability, remove incentives for...

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Baklitskiy, Andrey A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Iranian nuclear program
Arms control
Biography :

Analyst at the Institute of International Studies at the MGIMO University of the Russian Foreign Ministry, a Consultant at PIR Center, a member of the Deep Cuts Commission and expert at Valdai Club International. He has previously served as a Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, PIR Center «Russia and Nuclear Nonproliferation» Program Director and the Editor-in-Chief of monthly e-bulletin “Yaderny Kontrol” (“Nuclear Control”). Mr. Baklitskiy was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in 2019-2020. He taught courses on nuclear nonproliferation and emerging technologies at the MGIMO University and the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. He regularly contributes to Russian and international media and has authored numerous articles and reports. Mr. Baklitskiy graduated from the Urals Federal University with a specialist diploma in regional studies. His expertise includes nuclear arms control, nuclear non-proliferation, Iranian nuclear program, and US-Russian strategic relations.

Buzhinskiy, Evgeny P. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Chairman of the Executive Board, PIR Center; Co-Chair of the Trialogue Club International.
Expertise :
Political and military aspects of international security
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Military cooperation
Russia-NATO relations
START Treaty
Missile Defense
Military Use of the Outer Space
European security
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), Ph.D. Military Sciences. In the Armed Services since 1968. Graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages, M.V. Frunze Military academy. 1976-1992 – served in different positions in the General Staff of the USSR and RF . From 1992 to 2002 – served in positions of: Senior Officer, Deputy Head of Direction, Head of Direction, Deputy Head of Department, Head of the International Treaties Department of  the Russian Ministry of Defense. Promoted to the rank of Major-General in 2000, to the rank of Lt.-General – in 2003. In 2002 he was appointed on the position of Head of the International Treaties Department – Deputy Head of the Main Directorate of International Military Cooperation of the Russian Federation Ministry of Defense. Retired from active duty in 2009. In 2009-2017 - PIR Center Consultant, then Senior vice-president. PIR Center's Chairman of the Executive Board since 2014. From 2016 – leading research fellow and Head of Center for Applied Political-Military Research of School of World Politics, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University.  Deputy CEO of "Vega Radio Engineering Corporation" from  2009 to 2018. Vice-President of Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC).  Expertise: arms control, political and military aspects of international security, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, military use of the outer space, Russia-NATO, Russia-U.S., Russia-China relations.

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Demidov Oleg V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Social media
Cyber security
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Oleg Demidov graduated from the School of Public Administration at Moscow State University of Lomonosov in 2010. Currently, Oleg has been working on his Ph.D thesis at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University). In 2011-2012, he held the position of Project Coordinator at Center for Political and International Studies (CPIS) under the International Federation for Peace and Conciliation. Since 2012, he has served as an expert to the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). In 2013-2014, he held the position of Director of the Program International Information Security and Global Internet Governance at PIR Center. 

Since 2011 Oleg has been participating in the international project “A Twenty-First Century Concert of Powers” conducted by Frankfurt Peace Research Institute (PRIF) (through 2014). He is the author of a number of research articles on information security, cybersecurity, and global internet governance in PIR Center’s Security Index journal and other editions. Oleg serves as the Secretary of the Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under PIR Center Advisory Board. In March 2014 Oleg became a member of the Research Advisory Network (RAN) under the Global Commission on Internet Governance (CGIG). PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.


Fedorov Alexander Valentinovich image
City : Moscow
Expertise :
Information security
Biography :

Alexander has a Ph.D. in Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Following his studies at Moscow State University, he worked in various government agencies, where he worked on disarmament and WMD nonproliferation issues. More recently he has been actively studying and working on international and information security. He is the editor and co-author of the monographs Information Challenges in National and International Security and Superterrorism: New Challenge for a New CenturyPIR Center Advisory Board member since 2001. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. 

Franzen, Patrick image
City : Moscow
Position : Deputy Head of Mission
Grigoryev, Leonid M. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Analytical Centre of the Russian Federation Government
Position : Head Chief Adviser
Biography :

PhD in Economics. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics of Moscow State University. Improved its qualification in Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD, France). Since 1990 — expert in the work of the Government Commission for Economic Reform. In 1991-1992 — Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Investment. In the 1992-1997 — Advisor to the Directorate of the Russian IBRD. Since 2000 — Member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, the Committee for Development Policy at the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Advisory Council for the economy as part of the Innovation Education Project at the National Training Fund. Head of World Economy Department at the National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Chairman of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund of the Russian Federation (WWF-Russia). Member of the editorial board of Russia's strategy, the Scientific Advisory Board of the journal Russia in Global Affairs.

City : Moscow
Affiliation : Deputy Director at Radio Frequencies and Communication Networks Regulation Department of Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation
Biography :

Georgy Gritsay has been working in the ICT field since 1992. He graduated from Northern International University and received his degree in Math & Information Sciences. After that he studied in FAPSI’s New Information Technologies Center as a specialist in information security.

In 2002-200, he worked in classified information protection departments in Russia’s Ministry of Finance. Since 2004, he worked with Gamma, a leading government organization specializing in information security for Ministry of Industry and Trade. Since 2005, he has been working for Soyuzinform CJSC where he headed the Information Security departments. After a merger with Armada Group JSC (MICEX-RTS: ARMD) in 2008, Mr. Gritsay had been leading several departments, and later served as a technical officer in technical security and cryptography as well as in information security. Since 2010 he has held the position of the Chief information security Officer at Armada Group.

Since 2011, he serves at the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media of the RF, where he is currently heading the information security department. Georgy Gritsay has a number of ministry and government awards.

Kozyulin, Vadim B. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Program Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Program
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Central Asia
Illegal arms traffic
Military-technical cooperation between Russia and other countries
Cyber security
Arms control
Biography :

PhD, Prof. of Military Science Academy

Project Director, Emerging Technologies and Global Security Project, Member of the Executive Board of the PIR Center

In 1990, he graduated from MGIMO University. He worked in the Foreign Ministry of the USSR/Russia, in the Moscow News newspaper.

In 2000-2002, he studied the Management in the Military-Technical Cooperation course at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.  Since 1994 he is a Research Fellow at the PIR Center.

He is a Research fellow at the Russian Diplomatic Academy, Member of the Expert Council on the International Humanitarian Law of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, participant of the International Panel on the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons Systems (IPRAW), participant of the Russian-American Dartmouth dialogue.

His research interests include military artificial intelligence, new military technologies, arms control, military-technical cooperation of Russia with other countries, NATO-Russia relations, Central Asia and Afghanistan, illegal arms trade, cybersecurity.

He has more than 300 publications on international security issues.

Levova Irina Yurievna image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Institute for Internet Research
Position : Director of Strategic Projects
Expertise :
Information security
Cyber security
Biography :

Irina Levova was born in Voronezh, Russia in 1980. In 1996-2001 she studied logic in the Philosophy Department at Voronezh State University. In 2002-2006 she continued her studies as a graduate student at Moscow State University, where she wrote her dissertation on “The Theory of Semantic Categories and Analysis of Artificial and Natural Languages.” In 2007-2008, she worked as an analyst at the sports marketing agency “Sportima.” From there, she went to work as the press secretary for the Russian Judo Federation until 2009. Since then, she has been at the Russian Association for Electronic Communications, where she was a lead analyst until 2011, then she became the head of strategic development. Irina’s hobbies include rock climbing, in which she is a Candidate Master of Sports. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012.

Lukatsky, Alexey V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Сisco Systems
Position : Business Consultant on Information Security
Expertise :
Information security
Biography :

In 1996, Alexey Lukatsky graduated from Moscow Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics and Automation (MIREA) in "Applied Mathematics" (specialty - "Information Security"). He is a member of the Central Bank working group on developing security standards for the National Payment System (NPS) (382-П). Lukatsky is a member of Subcommittee 1 (“Protection of Information in the Credit and Financial Sphere”) of Technical Committee 122 “Standardization of Financial Services,” a member of Subcommittee 127 (“Methods and Means of Providing IT Security”) of Technical Committee 22 “Information Technology” and a member of Technical Committee 362 “Information Protection” (also part of the Federal Service for Technical and Export Controls) in the Federal Agency for Technique Regulation and Metrology. Member of the Advisory Board on the protection of personal data subjects’ rights in Roskomnadzor. Member of the PIR Center EKS Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance since 2012. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07/14

Medrish, Mikhail A. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Business Development Director, JSC AMT-Group
Expertise :
Cyber security
Biography :

One of the most authoritative members of the Russian Internet community. Was the technical leader of the first Russian project of mass broadband Internet access services and IP TV. 1995-2000 — headed the Internet project of the Combellga Internet provider, which was in Russia’s top ten in terms of revenue at the time. 2001-2003 — technical director of MTU-Intel. At the same time headed the technical service of Russia’s first project on granting broadband Internet access using ADSL technology (later known as Stream). Organized Russia’s first IP TV testing (later known as Stream TV). 2004-2005 — Deputy General Director, ROSNET. 2006-2011 — technical director of Akado-Stolitsa, Russia’s largest operator in the market of the B2C services for the Internet and cable digital television, with an audience of up to one million people. 2001-2010 — a member of the Coordination Center for TLD RU Board. Took an active part in the drafting of Russia’s first Internet normative documents on data transmission and telematics and the elaboration of technical requirements to LESS online. Since 2014 head Internet Support Foundation. A member of the Council of Europe's Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom. A member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Naumkin Vitaly V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Prof., Acad., Russian Academy of Sciences, Academic Director, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Biography :

PhD in History, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1968, he graduated from the Faculty of History and Philology of the Institute of Asian and African countries of Moscow State University (later Institute of Oriental Languages), where he specialized in the study of the history of Arab countries and the Arabic language. In 1966-1967, he had an interned at Cairo University and  American University in Cairo (Egypt). In 1968-1970 he served as an officer in the Soviet Army, taught at the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the Defense Ministry. Since 1972, he began teaching medieval history of the Arab world, Islamic studies and modern political development of the Arab countries in the IAAC MSU. In 1972-1977, worked at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen. Twenty years of his career devoted to the Institute of Oriental Studies under the Russian Academy of Sciences, where he was the Head of Department of the Arab Countries, then served as Deputy Director of the Institute, and throughout 1994-2009 – Head of the Center for Arab Studies. He is also President of a non-profit NGO “Center for Strategic and Political Studies,” Editor-in-chief of the “Vostok/ORIENS” journal, member of the advisory Scientific Council under the Security Council of Russia. He leads the Department of Regional Studies at the Faculty of World Politics at Moscow State University. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. Member of the Trialogue Club International since 2018.

Polikanov, Dmitry V. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : All-Russia People's Front
Position : Deputy Head of the Executive Committee
Expertise :
Russia-NATO relations
Missile Defense
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in Political Sciences. In 1998 graduate with merit from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Holds the title of Associate Professor from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the title of Full Professor of the World Distributed University of the European Informatization Academy. In 2003-2006 - Director of International and Public Relations of the All-Russan Public Opinion Research Center. In 2006-2007 - Director of Market Research and Public Opinion in The PBN Company. In 2012-2013 - First Deputy Executive Director of the Russian Geographical Society. Author of over 100 publications on conflict management, peacekeeping, arms control, international relations and foreign policy (in Russian and foreign languages). In 2014-2020 - President of the deaf-blind support Foundation “Connection”. Since 2019 - Deputy Head of the All-Russia People's Front Executive Committee. The author of more than 100 publications on international and European security, Russian foreign and domestic policy. Member of the Editorial Board of Security Index Journal.

Rauf Tariq image
City : Vienna, Austria
Affiliation : Member, International Advisory Board, International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastroph
Biography :

In 2012-2014 - Principal at Global Nuclear Solutions, Inc. Until 2012 - Head of verification and security policy coordination at the IAEA. Scientific Secretary, IAEA Director General's Expert Group on Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (2004/2005). Director of the International Organizations and Nonproliferation Program, at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, from September 1995 until February 2002. Advisor and Non-Proliferation Expert with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Canada), and to the House Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Parliament of Canada), 1990-2002. Senior Associate at the former Canadian Center for Global Security (the Canadian Center for Arms Control and Disarmament) in Ottawa, 1986-1995. Expert Advisor to the Canberra Commission on the Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 1995. Consultant with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization since 2018. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.

Russi, Bruno image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Embassy of Switzerland to the Russian Federation
Position : Defence Attache
Safranchuk, Ivan A. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Department of World Politics, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Biography :

PhD in Political Science. 1998 - graduated from MGIMO University of the MFA of Russia. 1997-2001 - a research associate at PIR Center, then PIR Center "Nuclear Arms Control" project director. From 2001 to 2006 served as a head of Moscow office of the Center for Defense Information. Since 2003 he has taught at MGIMO (currently assistant professor of international political processes of MGIMO). Since 2007, publishes "The Great Game: politics, business, security in Central Asia" journal. Author of more than 40 scientific and methodical works in Russian and more than 20 scientific papers in foreign languages, published in Russia, USA, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Norway and Sweden on the Russian-American and Russian-Chinese relations, nuclear policy, nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, European security, Central Asia, Afghanistan, private military companies, and energy.

Sinaysky, Alexander S. image
City : Luanda, Angola
Affiliation : Lieutenant General (retired)
Biography :

Lieutenant-General (Retired), PhD Political Sciences, Professor. In the Armed Forces since 1969. In 1973 graduated from the Novosibirsk Higher Military-Political Combined Arms School, in 1981 - Combined Arms Department of the Military Political Academy named after Lenin, in 1984 - postgraduate course, and in 1992 - PhD (Department of International Relations) of the Military Political Academy. In 1993 he graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies (London, UK). He served as deputy company commander of the 2nd Guards Taman Division battalion, taught at the Department of International Relations of the Military Political Academy named after Lenin. He was the head of the Department of the Military University of the Ministry of Defense, Deputy Chief for Academic Affairs and Research of the Military University. Since 1992 Alexander Sergeevich is on the military-diplomatic service. Since 1999 - Secretary of the Council of Defence Ministers of the CIS. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2014. 07/14

Vorontsov Alexander image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Associate Professor, Head, Korea and Mongolia Department, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
E-mail : okm@ivran.ru
Biography :

Holds a PhD in History. He is a senior staff member at the International Center for Korean Studies at Moscow State University and a visiting professor at Osaka University of Economics and Law. From 2000 to 2002, Vorontsov worked at the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang (DPRK). His current research includes contemporary Korean history, Korea in international relations. Vorontsov has participated in a number of international conferences on Korea-related topics and is the author of over 150 publications. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2013.

Yakushev, Michael V. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Executive Vice-President for Cooperation with Public Authorities, PJSC VimpelCom
Expertise :
International legal regulation in cybersecurity area
Information security
International aspects of Internet development
Internet identification
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

Mikhail is an experienced attorney and specialist in the field of information security. He is the  PayPal IRM Director, earlier - vice president of the Mail.ru Group and previously served as president of the Coordination Center of the Russian Top-Level Domain (RU), DST Advisors Managing Director. Mikhail focuses on information rights issues, including access to information. He has co-authored the drafts of most of Russia's legislation on information technology. Previously, he was employed at Microsoft Russia, where he was responsible for the corporation's cooperation with governmental authorities in Russia and other CIS states. Mikhail represented the Russian Federation in the G8 working group on legal issues, and in 2004, he was a member of the working group on Internet governance established by the U.N. Secretary-General. Mikhail served as the Chair of PIR Center's Working Group on International Information Security and Global Internet Governance under the Center's Advisory Board in 2012-2014. 

Yarnykh, Andrey Yu. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Head of Strategic Projects, Kaspersky Lab
Biography :

An experienced expert in the field of information security. In ICT sector since 1996. Works at Kaspersky Lab since 2001. A board member of the Regional non-governmental organization “Internet technology Center”, an expert on virus detection at Hotline Friendly Runet” and Russian Safer Internet Centre”. Chairs the Commission on Information Security and Cybercrime of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (RAEC). A member of PIR Center Advisory Board since 2015.

Zulkharneev, Albert F. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Nonproliferation of nuclear weapons
Foreign policy of the Russian Federation
International security policy of the Russian Federation
Сivil and expert diplomacy
Biography :

Research Fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Graduated from the Faculty of World Politics and World Economy of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics. In 2008 graduated with the Master degree from the International Relations Department of the Ural State University and got Master degree in History from Central European University (2007, Budapest, Hungary). In 2003-2005 participated in international courses of Farsi language and literature. Since 2007 was intern in the  PIR Center. In August - December 2011 scholar of the Program for teaching and research at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. PIR Center Education and Training Program Director, PIR Center Executive Director in 2013-2015. PIR Center Director in 2015-2019. Consultant to PIR Center since October 2019. Participant of sessions of the Preparatory Committee for the NPT Review Conference 2012-2013 and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The organizer: of the PIR Center International School on Global Security, of the programs for improving professional skills of Central Asian specialists, of the course on global security of the international session of the youth forum "Seliger", of the joint educational course of the PIR Center and MGIMO "nonproliferation of WMD" and a Dual Degree Master’s Program in Nonproliferation Studies (MGIMO - Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey - PIR Center). 

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