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.
Vasiliy Kashin, PhD. In 1996 graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Studies (Moscow), then worked for the Russian government bodies. Currently works as a senior research fellow of the Institute of Far East Studies (Moscow). A Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) researcher since January 2012.MDB project director.
Aleksey Nikolsky. Graduated from the Moscow National University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics in 1995. Worked as a correspondent for several newspapers and for Vedomosti since 2001.
Natalya Pechorina. is an observer working for Ukrinform, a Ukrainian news agency which she joined in 2002. She is also 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.
Ivan Safranchuk. Ph. D. Political Science. Dr. Safranchuk graduated from the Moscow National Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), then worked at the PIR Center for Policy Studies. Dr. Safranchuk headed the Moscow Branch of the Center for Defense Information (in 2006 renamed into World Security Institute – WSI) from 2001 to 2007. Now Dr. Safranchuk is Deputy Director of the Institute of Contemporary International Studies Diplomatic Academy, Moscow
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.