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# 5 (61), 2017 Moscow Defense Brief

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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.

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.

Sergey Denisentsev became a regular contributor to publications of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) in 2007. He has been a senior research fellow at CAST since 2012. His key area of expertise is the Russian defense industry. He is the author of numerous publications on Russian arms exports, defense industry, and military technologies in Export Vooruzheniy and in the Moscow Defense Brief, both published by CAST. He is also a contributor to Brothers Armed: Military Aspects of the Crisis in Ukraine, edited by Colby Howard and Ruslan Pukhov (East View Press, 2014) and to Elite Warriors: Special Operations Forces from Around the World, edited by Rulsan Pukhov and Christopher Marsh (East View Press, 2017). He is a consultant for several media outlets on defense technologies, reform of the Russian armed forces, modernization of Russian defense industry, and modern conflicts. Denisentsev was also a visiting fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at Center for Strategic and International Studies, an American think tank based in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

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.

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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