Pavel Palazhchenko in 2011
|Born||17 March 1949
Pavel Palazhchenko or Palazchenko (Russian: Па́вел Русла́нович Пала́жченко, born 17 March 1949) is a high-level Soviet conference interpreter who was the chief English interpreter for Mikhail Gorbachev and Soviet foreign minister Eduard Shevardnadze from 1985 and 1991.
As one of the leading interpreters of his time, Palazhchenko participated in all US-Soviet summit talks leading to the end of the Cold War. He is the author of a personal and political memoir, My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze: The Memoir of a Soviet Interpreter.
Palazhchenko also wrote the Moi Nesistematichesky Slovar or My Unsystematic Dictionary which was published in Russia by R. Valent publications in May 2002. The 300-page Russian-English dictionary provides information, insight and cultural observation on the linguistic twists and turns that lie between the English and Russian languages; and was a sequel to Palazhchenko’s other work: the English-Russian dictionary published in 1999. The 1999 English-Russian dictionary dealt with trends in the political, diplomatic and journalistic usage in the English language.
Palazhchenko loves his trade. In his book, My Unsystematic Dictionary, Palazhchenko writes: This very occupation, to imbibe the air of a foreign (and your own) language, to rake through the throng of words and, having found the right one, feel its texture, its size and then grope for the threads connecting the two languages, has always been my favorite thing to do… – from “Book Tackles Those Hard Words”, The Moscow Times, June 3, 2002.
In 2005, the third book of this series, Unsystematic Dictionary-2005 was published.
After becoming a long-time associate and aide to Mikhail Gorbachev for several years, Palazhchenko eventually became the head of the International Department of the International Non-governmental Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (or The Gorbachev Foundation), where he also functioned as an analyst, spokesperson, interpreter and translator. 
- This variant spelling appears in a number of sources including the cover of the book My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze.
- Palazhchenko, Pavel (1997) My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze: The Memoir of a Soviet Interpreter, Penn State University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-271-01603-5
- Palazhchenko's bio at Gorby.ru
- Zolotov, Andrei Jr. (3 June 2002) "Book Tackles Those Hard Words", The Moscow Times
- Legvold, Robert (July/ August 1997) A Review: My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze: The Memoir of a Soviet Interpreter. Pavel Palazchenko. University Park: Penn State Press, Foreign Affairs
- Презентация новой книги П. Палажченко "Несистематический словарь-2005". News article about the press conference for the book Unsystematic Dictionary-2005. gorby.ru. 17 November 2005.
- Borisov, Sergei. Speaking The Queen’s English: History and Symbolism, Oil the Fast-turning Wheels of Russian and British Commerce. (translated title), and S. Borisov, Transitions Online, 7 January 2003.
- International Conference “From Fulton to Malta: How the Cold War Began and Ended” at the Gorbachev Foundation, gorby.ru. 3 February 2006
- Reports in the Mass Media. gorby.ru. 7 June 2004
- News Archives: 24.05.2005 "George Bush Sr. To Pay Private Visit To Russia". gorby.ru. 24 May 2005.
- News articles from and events at the Gorbachev Foundation's official website mentioning Dr. Pavel Palazhchenko working as spokesperson, interpreter, aide and translator for the Gorbachev Foundation and Mikhail Gorbachev, The Gorbachev Foundation, retrieved on 31 May 2007.
- Not Lost in Translation by Boris Fishman, Diplomatic Immunity (An Anecdote), The New Yorker Magazine, NewYorker.com, date retrieved: 28 May 2007
- Familiar Russian Interpreter Pavel Palazhchenko to Lecture on 7 October 1993, News Release, Stanford University News Service, 1 October 1993, date retrieved: 28 May 2007
- My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze: The Memoir of a Soviet Interpreter by Pavel Palazhchenko, 1997, Concentrating on the critical period of 1985–1991, Penn State University Press, ISBN 0-271-01603-5
- Oscar Night (Mikhail Gorbachev via Pavel Palazhchenko) by Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, April 1, 2002, ErolMorris.com, date retrieved: 28 May 2007
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- Pavel Palazhchenko's Website (in Russian)
- Booknotes interview with Palazhchenko on My Years with Gorbachev and Shevardnadze: The Memoir of a Soviet Interpreter, June 8, 1997.