Mr. Plugotarenko graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), Department of Physical and Quantum Electronics (19931996) and Department of Control and Applied Mathematics (19961999), certified as Physical Engineer specializing in Applied Mathematics and Physics.
From 2002, he was leading ICT specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE UNESCO).
In 20042006, he was executive director and, from 2007, director of the Runet Awards competition. Since 2005, he has served as coordinator of programme committees for some high-profile sectoral conference events, including the Russian Internet Forum (RIF), Russian Interactive Week (RIW) and others.
In 20052007, he served as deputy executive director of the Regional Non-government Centre for Internet Technologies (ROCIT) the oldest NGO engaged in expert evaluation, promotion and development of the ICT segment in the Russian Federation, upholding the interests of Internet users. In 2007, he was elected executive director of ROCIT.
From 2005 he was ideologue and founder of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications (NP RAEC), promoting the interests of Russian Internet players. From 2006, he was deputy general manager of NP RAEC.
In 20112013, Mr. Plugotarenko was member of the Council of Coordination Centre for National Top Level Domains RU/RF. Since 2010, he has been director of The Russian Association for Electronic Communications (NP RAEC).