Burlinova, Natalia V.

Burlinova, Natalia V.

Creative Diplomacy
Founding President
Russia's "soft power" and public diplomacy in the post-soviet space,
Russia's information policy,
Russia's image in the Western media

PhD in Political Sciences.

Born in July 22, 1983.

Natalia V. Burlinova earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations (2004) and a Master’s degree in Regional Studies (2006) at MGIMO University. She graduated from HSE University and defended her PhD thesis “NATO in Afghanistan (2003–2009): Problems of Developing and Implementing a Political Strategy” at the Institute of Europe RAS in 2010.

In 2006, Natalia V. Burlinova began her career at Rosoboronexport. In 2008–2010, she worked in the Directorate of International Programs of RIA Novosti, including in the bureau in Washington, where she acted as the author and presenter of a series of information programs about Russia on The Washington Post Radio. Working at RIA Novosti, she was engaged in the implementation of major expert, political and information projects. She was a member of the organizing group of the first conferences within the Valdai Discussion Club (2007–2008). In 2008–2011, as part of the team of the Historical Perspective Foundation, headed by historian Natalia A. Narochnitskaya, she combined expert activities with the functions of a communications representative. In 2009–2011, she was a producer and presenter of author’s analytical programs on domestic and foreign policy (“External Factor”, “Internal Factor”, “Embassy Order”) on the radio station “Moscow Speaks”. In 2011–2014, she was engaged as a program director in the creation of a project vector at the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund. She invented and implemented projects in the field of information support of the country’s foreign policy through public diplomacy with the participation of leading Russian experts. In 2014–2015, she was the Head of the Department, the Deputy Head of the Information and Advertising Department of MGIMO Public Relations Department. In 2014–2015, she held the position of Adviser to the External Relations Group under the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Domodedovo Airport responsible for relations with government agencies (GR).

Since 2010 Natalia V. Burlinova has been Founding President of “Creative Diplomacy”. In 2018–2019, she was an author and presenter of the program “Meeting Russia”.

She is an expert in the field of public diplomacy; the author of educational and methodological materials “Public Diplomat Course”; the author of the course for Master’s students of the School of International Relations of MGIMO University “Activities of Russian NGOs and foundations in the social and humanitarian sphere”. She was awarded the medal of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

PIR Center Advisory Board Member since 2022.


  • Бурлинова Н.В. Курс общественного дипломата. Учеб.-метод. материалы. М.: НП РСМД, 2017. — 76 с.

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