Mikhail Barabanov. Graduated from Moscow State University of Culture. Currently employed by the Moscow city government. Independent expert on naval history and armaments.
Georgi Engelhardt. Expert on political Islam. 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.
Andrei Kortunov. Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council. President of the New Eurasia Foundation.Graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and postgraduate studies at the Institute for US and Canadian Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences. Holds a Ph.D. degree in History. Was Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies. Founder and first president of the Moscow Public Science Foundation.
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.
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.
Ruslan Pukhov is director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST) since 1997. In 1996 he graduated from the School of International Information of MGIMO University under the Russian Foreign Ministry. In 1996-1997 — postgraduate student of the French-Russian Master d’Etudes Internationales Sciences Po — MGIMO. In 1996-1997 — researcher for the Conventional Arms Project of the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center). Since 2007 Member of the Public Advisory Board of the Russian Defense Ministry.
Maksim Shepovalenko. Graduated from the Oriental Languages faculty of the Military Red Banner Institute in 1985, and from the Law Faculty of the Russian State Humanitarian University in 1997. Served in the Soviet/Russian Armed Forces in 1980-1997. Captain 2nd Rank, retired. Specializes in pre-export bank financing of the Russian industry since 1998, and leasing of industrial equipment and special hardware since 2004.
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.