Russian Senator and Chairman of Federation Council's Commission on Information Policy and Cooperation with the Media.
Born 10 August 1954 in Moscow.
Higher Education: graduated in 1976 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a specialization in International Relations.
Speaks two foreign languages: English, French.
Candidate of Historical Sciences.
1983–1988 – Editor-Consultant to Problems of Peace and Socialism/World Marxist Review (Prague).
1988–1991 – Consultant of the International Department of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
1991–1995 – Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper Moskovskiye Novosti (Moscow News)
1995–1998 – Deputy General Director, Public Russian Television (ORT)
From 1998 – Head, Author, and Anchor of Postscriptum (TV Centre).
2004–2016 – Member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.
2008–2011 – Director of the Institute of Current International Issues of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
2011–2016 – Member of the State Duma from Perm Territory. Chair of the Committee on International Affairs of the 6th convocation of the State Duma.
From 2004 – Honoured Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation
He holds honourary degrees from Moscow University for the Humanities (MosGU), Russian-Armenian University (Yerevan), and Azerbaijan University of Languages (Baku).
Author of seven books on Russian foreign policy and international relations. His book Globalnye shakhmaty. Russkaya partiya (Global Chess: The Russian Game; Moscow, 2018) has also been published in France.
He has been awarded the Order ‘For Merit to the Fatherland’ 3rd and 4th class, the Order of Honour, and the Order of Friendship. He has also been bestowed the Russian Federation Presidential Certificate of Honour (2020) and a Letter of Appreciation from the President of the Russian Federation. He is a laureate of the Russian Ludwig Nobel Prize and a number of other public and professional awards. He is a member of the MGIMO University Board of Trustees, St. Petersburg Dialogue Forum Coordinating Committee, Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society, and the Public Council of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
Married, with a daughter.