Said Aminov is a 1994 cum-laude graduate of the Moscow Bauman National University of Technology specializing in aviation instruments and systems; in 1998, he graduated from the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation specializing in banking. He has been working in the Russian banking system servicing corporate customers since 1994. As of 1999, he operates his own on-line project Air-Defense Herald (pvo.su), dealing with various issues of air and missile defense.
Mikhail Barabanov. Graduated from the Moscow National University of Culture, then worked for the Moscow City Government. editor-in-chief of MDB since 2008. An expert on naval history and armaments.
Mikhail Lukin. Graduated in 1992 from Moscow State University with a degree in Journalism. In 1990 joined the Postfactum news agency as an editor. In 1993 became a staff member of the XX Century and the World think-tank, and in 1994–1997 worked as head of the information section in the National News Service. In 1997 became deputy director of the information center of the Kommersant Publishing House. Director of the information center of the Kommersant Publishing House since 2003.
Fyodor Lukyanov is editor-in-chief of the Russia in Global Affairs journal, published in Russian and English with participation of Foreign Affairs, and an international columnist with the Kommersant, Vedomosti, The Moscow Times and Gazeta.ru online source; leading national radio stations and TV channels. Fyodor Lykyanov graduated from Moscow State University 1991 as a Germanist. He worked as a correspondent, commentator and editor for many Russia media. Member of the Presidium of the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, an influential independent organization providing foreign policy expertise.
Aleksandr Stukalin is a graduate of the Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Joined Kommersant, Russia’s leading broadsheet, in 1992 and became the newspaper’s editor-in-chief in 2004. Deputy editor-in-chief of the Russian Newsweek in 2005–2008. Deputy editor-in-chief of the Vedomosti newspaper in March-September 2008. Deputy editor-in-chief of Kommersant from October 2008 to date.
Dmitry Vasiliev. Graduated in 2004 from the State University – Higher School of Economics with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management. From 2003 to mid-2004 worked as a risk evaluation analyst at Absolut Bank. CAST researcher since July 2004, editor-in-chief of Eksport Vooruzheniy journal since 2005.