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# 2 (58), 2017 Moscow Defense Brief

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Dmitry Boltenkov, a graduate of the Rostov State University, is a naval historian and independent navy analyst. He is also the author of an upcoming treatise on the history of the Soviet and Russian naval aviation.

Anton Lavrov graduated from the Tver State Technical University. An independent military analyst and one of the most prominent independent Russian researchers of the 2008 Russian-Georgian War.

Alexander Mladenov is an aerospace consultant, writer and photographer who has started writing in local and international magazines in the early 1990s. A graduate from the Sofia Technical University in 1997, he also graduated from the Bulgarian Higher Air Defence and Artillery School - Reserve Officer School in 1997. He specialised in the coverage of Soviet/Russian and East European military aviation and aerospace industry subjects, both during the Cold War and current developments, with especial interest in the helicopter industry and military/commercial operations. He is a regular contributor to a number of English-language specialized aerospace & defence magazines such as AirForces Monthly, AIR International, Combat Aircraft, Defence Helicopter and RotorHub. In addition to the aerospace journalism, Alexander Mladenov is a partner in a Sofia, Bulgaria-based consultancy agency, specialised in the marketing and sales services in the aerospace, defence and security sector on the local market.

Natalya Pechorina is an observer working for RIA-Novsoti (Ukraine) news agency since 2014. She was the editor of the news bulletin “Ukrinform: Defense Industry and Aerospace News”. In 2000-2002 she was a news reporter with UNIAN, another Ukrainian news agency.

Aleksey Ramm is an observer for the Izvestia newspaper. Graduated from the Military University. Served in various capacities in the Siberian Military District before being appointed group lead in the MoD secretariat. Became a military observer after retirement from military service. Author of numerous articles about the development of the Russian Armed Forces. Covered the fighting in southeastern Ukraine as a military reporter.

Vadim Zaytsev graduated from the the History, Political Sciences and Law faculty of the Russian State Humanitarian University in 2007. Completed a post-graduate course at the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2010. Worked for Rosafroekspertiza, a research and consulting center specializing in Russian-African relations, in 2006-2009. Joined the Kommersant Publishing House as an editor in 2010.

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