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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...

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...

Russia’s vision of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation issues remains in fact very conventional. It is pragmatic and realistic. We do not feel “constrained by traditional formats and diplomatic protocol”. On the contrary, we strongly believe that in many cases using proven formats and ke...

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Evstafiev, Dmitry G. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Department of Integrated Communications, The Higher School of Economics
Position : Professor
Biography :

Doctor of Political Science. Prof., National Research University - Higher School of Economics, earlier - vice president of KROS Public Relations Development Company. Leading expert on the military and political facets of Russian national security, U.S. foreign and military policy, and regional aspects of nuclear nonproliferation. In 2001-2008 worked as Director of the Techsnabexport (TENEX) Public Relations Department and Deputy Director General of the National Laboratory for Foreign Policy. An experienced editor, he is a co-author of several books and monographs, and an author of several articles as well as publications in Russian and foreign academic and political press. In 1995-2003 he was a PIR Center senior research associate. PIR Center Security Index Editorial Board Member. 12/17

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. 

Fedorov, Yuri image
City : Rome, Italy
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : PIR Center Executive Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member
Biography :

Candidate of History, Professor. Member of the Czech Association of International Affairs, Professor of the Metropolitan University Prague. Erlier was an Associated Fellow in Royal Institute of International Affairs (also known as Chatham House, United Kingdom). Leading expert on international security issues, including energy security and arms control. His name and numerous publications on strategic armaments, tactical nuclear weapons, anti-missile defense, and missile warning systems are well known both in Russia and abroad. Headed the team of authors and wrote several chapters in the UNDP's annual Human Development Reports for the Russian Federation. Professor at MGIMO. Also worked at King's College in London, doing research and teaching within the Program on Post-Communist Security Studies. PIR Center Board Member and Security Index Editorial Board Member.

Ibragimova Galiya image
City : Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Affiliation : PIR Center
Position : Consultant
Expertise :
Central Asia
National and international cyber strategies
Biography :

PhD in political sciences. Got her degree from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) with major in “Political Issues of International Relations and Global Development”). Graduate with Master degree of International Relations Faculty/ International Journalism Department. In 2008-2009 participated in Professional Management Program (intensive MBA program) at the Uzbekistan-Japan Center for Human Development with getting PMP degree. Participant of a number of conferences and seminars on Central Asia security. Graduate of the International Summer School on Global Security. Research interests include the problems of regional security in Central Asia, information security, global information space in the emerging new world order. 06/17

Ladygin, Fedor I. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Colonel General, Deputy Chairman, Union of Military Intelligence Veterans
Biography :

Colonel-General (ret.), Advisory Board member. Formerly he was an Adviser of the Global Consulting Group. For more than 40 years, worked in the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces' agencies. In 1992-1997, chief of the Main Intelligence Administration (GRU) of the RF Armed Forces General Staff. In 1990-1992, he participated, as the chief of the International Treaties Department of the Armed Forces General Staff, in the preparation of treaties and agreements in the area of arms control and disarmament, including: START-I; Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty; Open Skies Treaty; Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2002.

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

Lysenko, Mikhail N. image
City : Moscow, Russia
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (retired), Associate Professor, International Law Department, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Position : Associate Professor
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. From 2008 to 2014 Mikhail Lysenko was Head of International Relations Department at Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation. Previously, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the New Zealand (2004-2008). In 2000-2004 held the position of Director of the Department for Security Affairs and Disarmament. Was in diplomatic service from 1977 to 2008, has worked at the Soviet Embassies and Russian Embassies in the U.S., Canada and the New Zealand. In 1977 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Candidate of Law. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2004.

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.

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.

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.

Sanaei Mehdi image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Position : Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in Russian Federation
Biography :

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation. Previously - Head of the Iranian Center for Research on Russia, Central Asia and Caucasus, Professor of Tehran University, Tehran, Iran. Head of Russian and Eastern Europe Studies Department of World Studies Institute, Tehran University (since 2005), Member of Parliament of IRI (since 2008).  Member of the Valdai Discussion Club. Previous positions: Visiting professor (permanent member) at Moscow Humanities University, Political Sciences Faculty (1999-2004), The Head of Institute of Culture of ECO Regional Organization (2005 –2006), Cultural attaché at the Embassy of IRI in Russia (1999 – 2003), Cultural attaché at the Embassy of IRI in Kazakhstan (1995 – 1998). Author of eight books in Persian and Russian. Member of PIR Center International Expert Group since 2011.

Shadurskiy, Andrey V. image
City : Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Affiliation : International Relations Department, Saint-Petersburg State University, Senior lecturer of Chair of European studies
Stepanova, Ekaterina A. image
City : Moscow
Affiliation : Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences
Position : Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit
Biography :

Ph.D in Political Science, head of the Group on peace and conflict studies and leading research associate at the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO), RAS. Specializes on armed conflicts and conflict management research, terrorism, other types of collective violence, ideological extremism, political economy of conflicts, and network structures. In 2007-2009 was Leader of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Armed Conflicts and Conflict Management Project. Author of 180 scientific papers in ten languages, six monographs, including "Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict" (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008). Her book “The Role of Illicit Drug Business in the Political Economy of Conflicts and Terrorism” (Moscow, 2005) has won the medal for young scientists from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Serves on editorial boards of the following journals: "Global Governence", "Terrorism and Political Violence" (St Andrews Univesity, UK), "The International Journal on Conflict and Violence", "Security Index" (PIR Center), and "The road to peace and security". Gives lectures for the international programs at the European University in St. Petersburg (EUSP) and Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Member of the PIR Center Executive Board member, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Russian-American expert group on Afghan drug trafficking, and the expert and methodological group Global Peace Index. Personal web-page: http://www.estepanova.net/

Tarusin Victor image
Affiliation : the Russian-ASEAN Business Council
Position : Executive Director
Biography :

Lieutenant colonel (retired), served in the UN peacekeeping missions and multinational forces.

In 1983 he graduated from the Military Institute of the Ministry of Defence and in 2006 from Gubkin’s Oil and Gas Academy. Victor Tarusin speaks several foreign languages (including English, Chinese and Spanish).

Since 1996 he has been working in the oil and gas industry in Russia. In 2007, he launched his own private project by introducing Russian oil and gas technologies in Enhanced Oil Recovery to Indonesian oil sector through Petros Technologies. Currently, he serves as a President of the Peacekeeper Charity Fund (for Veterans of UN Peacekeeping Missions) and Executive Director of the Russian-ASEAN Business Council.

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.

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