Sergey Alexandrovich Markov
Sergei Alexandrovich Markov (born 1958, Russian: Серге́й Александрович Марков) is a Russian political scientist, journalist and social activist. He is a Doctor of Political Science, assistant professor of Public Policy department of Faculty of Philosophy at Moscow State University, professor of the Faculty of Political Science at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University), director of the Institute of Political Studies. He was also a member of the “Commission to counter attempts to harm Russian interests by falsifying history” that existed between 2009 and 2012.
He is also a Deputy Chairman of the Russian Public Forum on International Affairs. Markov serves as co-Chairman of the National Strategic Council of Russia and is a member of the Presidential Council for Facilitating the Development of Civil Society Institutions and Human Rights of the Russian Federation.
Markov, as a political analyst, has published numerous articles in prestigious national and international publications. Since 2000 has been a consultant for a variety of Russian and international organizations including the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the Supreme Council of the Russian Federation, the National Democratic Institute of International Relations, Chase Manhattan Bank and ING Baring.
Markov denies Russian involvement in the Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, which was perpetrated with Polonium-210 from a Russian reactor and which the British security services believe to have been conducted on behalf of the Russian government. He also attributes the Russian apartment bombings by Chechen terrorists to Russian businessmen forced from the country to exile in Britain. Markov comments on many other foreign policy questions, attributing the conflict in South Ossetia to a plot by Dick Cheney to further interests of John McCain against Barack Obama in the US presidential elections.
In 2007, having been accused of being behind cyberattacks on Estonian government's systems, Sergey Markov was declared persona non grata in Estonia and in 2008 he was also expelled from Ukraine. Markov believes the Russian Black Sea Fleet should stay stationed in Ukraine "for the next 100 years" (as of late 2009) because he believes "It is the guarantor of security in the entire region”.
International relations of Russia
Markov has criticized historians from states formally under Soviet occupation, claiming they distort the historical record with the documentation of events like the Katyn massacre. In early May 2010 Markov demanded a "radical" change in Ukrainian textbooks about the history of Ukraine. He stated Ukrainian history textbooks can not be considered an internal affair of Ukraine, as they often displayed a negative attitude to Russia. On May 13, 2010 education minister of Ukraine Dmytro Tabachnyk announced that Ukraine and Russia intend to develop a common textbook for history teachers.
Markov has supported the prosecution and conviction of three members of Pussy Riot, a group which he sees as part of a foreign conspiracy against Russia. In August 2012 he wrote in an editorial that: "Pussy Riot's act inside the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is not the stupidity of young girls, but part of the global conspiracy against Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church [...] According to this version [of events], Putin isn't obliged to just punish three idiots in a fatherly way, but also protect Russia from this conspiracy with all possible severity."
Gay rights in Russia
There is real personal freedom in Russia. Nobody cares with whom you want to have sex. For example, you are absolutely free to make sex [sic] with this table. ... You can many times repeat to me that "it's normal" or "it's absolutely freedom" [sic], that "it's democracy", that "it's human right" [sic] for you to make sex with this table. ... Having sex between man and woman: normal. Having sex between man and man: not normal. Everybody knows this. Including gays.
- Russia 'backed dissident's poisoning' By Sadie Gray The Independent 8 July 2008.
- Russian MP was barred from entering Ukraine (Ukrainian)
- Sergei Markov can enter Estonia when he apologizes. (Russian)
- Russians ready to back Yulia, says ally, Ukrainian Journal (December 2, 2009)
- (Ukrainian) Табачник: українські й російські вчителі будуть викладати історію за спільним посібником, Ukrainian News Agency (May 10, 2010)
- "Pussy Riot verdict greeted with defiance". Guardian. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- Interview with Jason Jones
- Alternet report on the interview
- TheWrap report on the interview