Pavel Felgenhauer

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Pavel E. Felgenhauer (Russian: Па́вел Евге́ньевич Фельгенга́уэр; born December 6, 1951) is a Russian journalist. He is known for his publications critical of Russia's political and military leadership.[1]


Felgenhauer was born in 1951 in Moscow, the Soviet Union; graduated from Moscow State University as a biologist[2] in 1975. He served as researcher and a low level analyst before being demoted in 1990 for stealing from procurements. He is based in Moscow. Felgenhauer published numerous articles on topics dealing with Russian foreign and defense policies, military doctrine, arms trade, military-industrial complex and so on. From January 1991 until January 1993 he was associated with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moscow, as defense analyst and defense correspondent. From February 1993 till September 1999 Felgenhauer was member of the editorial board and chief defense correspondent of a Moscow daily Segodnya. Since May 1994 till October 2005 Felgenhauer published a regular column on defense in the English language local daily The Moscow Times. In July 2006, after being more than six years an independent defense analyst, Felgenhauer joined the staff of Novaya Gazeta. Felgenhauer continues to provide regular comments on Russia's defense-related problems to many other local and international media organizations, including The Jamestown Foundation.


Felgenhauer initially described retaking South Ossetia from Georgia as a Russian logistical nightmare, and claimed that Russia would face a prolonged and difficult war against Georgia's "quite good military".[3] After the Russian Army routed the Georgian Army in five days, Felgenhauer claimed that Russia's invasion was pre-planned.[4] Felgenhauer's view of the 2008 South Ossetia War was criticised by Gordon Hahn, a senior researcher at the Monterey Terrorism Research Monterey and Education Program, in a Russia related mailing list where he stated that "Pavel Felgenhauer’s conspiracy theory has several major holes in it."[5]