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# 5 (49), 2015 Moscow Defense Brief

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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.

Georgi Engelhardt. Head of Program at the Institute of Religion and Policy (Moscow), working on political Islam & Islamic radicalism in Russia as well as Russian Moslem community. After graduation from the History Faculty, Moscow State University (1994) received Diplome d’etudes approfondies (D.E.A.) of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Histoire et Civilisations). In 1994–2001 worked on Bosnian Civil War & contemporary Balkan crisis. Since 1999 studies Russian Islamic community, focusing on the spread and development of radical trends, shift of balance between major Islamic centers and on Russian Moslems participation in national politics.

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.

Robert Lee received his bachelors’ degrees from Hamilton College and a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University. He spent four years as a United States Marine infantry officer serving as a platoon commander, company training advisor, and company commander, and he previously worked at the Council on Foreign Relations and J.P. Morgan. He is currently an Alfa Fellow in Moscow working as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies.

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.

Alexandr 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.

Igor Vilnit started his work at Rubin Design Bureau in 1979 after graduating from the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute’s Shipbuilding Department. With his career made through all designer positions from a design engineer, in 2005 he became Head of Structural Division. He took part in developing submarines from the second to fourth generation. He also took part in developing offshore ice-resistant oil and gas production facilities. Igor Vilnit was appointed First Deputy Director General and Chief Engineer in 2010, was elected as Rubin Design Bureau’s Director General in June 2012. Has a Doctor’s degree in science.

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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