Andrey Piontkovsky

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Andrey Piontkovsky
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Piontkovsky at the Moscow International Book Trade Fair Exhibition, 8 September 2011
Andrey Andreyevich Piontkovsky

(1940-06-30) June 30, 1940 (age 82)
Alma materMoscow State University
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, political analysis
InstitutionsStrategic Studies Center, Moscow, Russia

Andrey Andreyevich Piontkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Андре́евич Пионтко́вский, born June 30, 1940, Moscow) is a Russian scientist and political writer and analyst,[1][2] a member of International PEN Club.[3] He is a former member of the Russian Opposition Coordination Council.[4]


He graduated from the Mathematics Department of Moscow State University and has published more than a hundred scientific papers on applied mathematics.

Andrey Piontkovsky, in his article published on 11 January 2000 in Sovetskaya Rossiya[5] and placed on the Yabloko website[6] on the same day, was the first[7] to use the term "putinism" which he had defined as "the highest and final stage of bandit capitalism in Russia, the stage where, as one half-forgotten classic said, the bourgeoisie throws the flag of the democratic freedoms and the human rights overboard; and also as a war, "consolidation" of the nation on the ground of hatred against some ethnic group, attack on freedom of speech and information brainwashing, isolation from the outside world and further economic degradation". In the same article, Piontkovsky stated that the putinism is the terminal shot to the head of Russia, and also he compared Yeltsin to Hindenburg who gave Hitler the power.

He was an executive director of the Strategic Studies Center (Moscow) think tank that has been closed since 2006. He contributes regularly to Novaya Gazeta, The Moscow Times, The Russia Journal and the online journals[8] and Transitions Online.[9] He is also a regular political commentator for the BBC World Service and Radio Liberty in Moscow. He has been an outspoken critic of Putin's "managed" democracy in Russia and, as such, has described Russia as a "soft totalitarian regime"[10] and "hybrid fascism."[11]

Piontkovsky is a member of the American Mathematical Society.

Piontkovsky, 16 January 2013

Piontkovsky is the author of several books on the Putin presidency in Russia, including his most recent book, Another Look Into Putin's Soul.[12][13]

Piontkovsky is one of the 34 first signatories of the online anti-Putin manifesto "Putin Must Go", published on 10 March 2010. In his subsequent articles he has repeatedly stressed its importance and urged citizens to sign it.[14]

On 26 June 2013, Piontkovsky commented the case of Edward Snowden by saying, "If Pushkov dares to draw a parallel between Snowden and Soviet dissidents, I must respond that none of them had anything to do with Soviet special services and none of them pledged not to betray state and departmental secrets."[15]

Piontkovsky compared the Crimean speech of Vladimir Putin in 2014 to Hitler's speech on Sudetenland in 1939. He described Putin as using "the same arguments and vision of history" and beyond that, that this speech played a key role in starting the war in Donbas.[16]

In 2016 he published an article "Бомба, готовая взорваться" ("A bomb that is ready to explode") about Russian-Chechen ethnic conflict.[17] When the General Prosecutor Office found his article "extremist" and started criminal prosecution [18] Piontkovsky at last left Russia on 19 February 2016.[19][20][21]

Condemnation of fascism[edit]

Piontkovsky adduces Igor Girkin's name among those of like-minded persons and says, "The authentic high-principled Hitlerites, true Aryans Dugin, Prokhanov, Prosvirnin [ru], Kholmogorov [ru], Girkin, Prilepin are a marginalized minority in Russia."[22][23] Piontkovsky adds, "Putin has stolen the ideology of the Russian Reich from the domestic Hitlerites, he has preventively burned them down, using their help to do so, hundreds of their most active supporters in the furnace of the Ukrainian Vendée."[22][23] In his interview with Radio Liberty, Piontkovsky says, maybe the meaning of the operation conducted by Putin is to reveal all these potential passionate leaders of social revolt, send them to Ukraine and burn them in the furnace of the Ukrainian Vendée.[24] In the interviews Andrey also argues that the ideology of Rashism is in many ways similar to German fascism (Nazism), while in speeches and policies of the President Putin it's similar to the ideas of Hitler.[25][26]

Some works[edit]

In English
In Russian



  1. ^ Klimina, Anna (2011). "The futility of the neoliberal policy of deliberate market construction and the promise of an institutionalist alternative: the case of Russia's authoritarian transition". Journal of Economic Issues. 45 (2): 411–420. doi:10.2753/JEI0021-3624450218. S2CID 154346707.
  2. ^ AREA 17 (13 May 2014). "Hudson Institute > About Hudson > Andrei A. Piontkovsky". Archived from the original on 26 October 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Andrey Piontkovsky | Free Russia Foundation". Retrieved 24 February 2022.
  4. ^ Isaev, Gumer (January 2014). "Russia and Egypt: conflicts in the political elite and protest movements in 2011–2012". Journal of Eurasian Studies. 5 (1): 60–67. doi:10.1016/j.euras.2013.10.003.
  5. ^ Piontkovsky, Andrey (11 January 2000). "Путинизм как высшая и заключительная стадия бандитского капитализма в России" [Putinism as highest and final stage of bandit capitalism in Russia]. Советская Россия [Sovetskaya Rossiya] (in Russian). No. 3. Moscow.
  6. ^ Piontkovsky, Andrey (11 January 2000). "Путинизм как высшая и заключительная стадия бандитского капитализма в России" (in Russian). Yabloko.
  7. ^ Fedorov, Valeriy; Baskakova, Yuliya; Byzov, Leontiy; Chernozub, Oleg; Mamonov, Mikhail; Gavrilov, Igor; Vyadro, Mikhail (2018). ""Путинизм" как социальный феномен и его ракурсы" ["Putinism" as a social phenomenon and its aspects]. In Fedorov, Valeriy (ed.). Выборы на фоне Крыма: электоральный цикл 2016–2018 гг. и перспективы политического транзита [Elections against the backdrop of Crimea: election cycle 2016–2018 and perspectives of political transit] (in Russian). Moscow: ВЦИОМ. pp. 587–602. ISBN 978-5041523244.
  8. ^ "Грани.Ру: Главное".
  9. ^ Ehl, Martin. "". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  10. ^ "G8 members no longer have common goals, expert says". Radio Liberty. 31 July 2006.
  11. ^ Lara, Philippe de (30 October 2015). "The dirty word "nationalism". Why absurd opinions on "Ukrainian nationalists" are so persistent, and need to be refuted again and again". The Ukrainian Week.
  12. ^ AREA 17 (13 May 2014). "Hudson Institute > Review of Andrei's Pionkovsky's Another Look Into Putin's Soul". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  13. ^ AREA 17 (13 May 2014). "Hudson Institute > Review of Andrei's Pionkovsky's Another Look Into Putin's Soul". Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  14. ^ "Трон тронулся". 15 March 2010.
  15. ^ Loiko, Sergei (26 June 2013). "Russian lawmakers suggest U.S. is violating Snowden's human rights". Los Angeles Times.
  16. ^ Andrey Piontkovskiy (18 February 2015). ""Путин сделал ставку на ядерный шантаж" – Андрей Пионтковский". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Бомба, готовая взорваться" ("Bomb that is ready to explode") by Piontkovsky.
  18. ^ Piontkovsky,Andrey (23 January 2016). "Article "Бомба, готовая взорваться" in Russian". Echo of Moscow.
  19. ^ Schreck, Carl (19 February 2016). "Russian analyst flees country, fearing persecution". Radio Liberty.
  20. ^ "Андрей Пионтковский покинул Россию, опасаясь преследования" [Andrey Piontkovsky fled Russia, fearing persecution] (in Russian). BBC Russian Service. 19 February 2016.
  21. ^ "Адвокат Пионтковского: любой человек может опасаться за свою жизнь" [Piontkovsky's lawyer: anyone can fear for his life] (in Russian). BBC Russian Service. 19 February 2016.
  22. ^ a b Андрей Пионтковский (27 October 2014). На "Русском мире" держится пожизненная власть Путина (in Russian).
  23. ^ a b Андрей Пионтковский (26 October 2014). Военная доктрина "Русского Мира" (in Russian).
  24. ^ Михаил Соколов (9 July 2014). Крах проекта "Новороссия"? (in Russian). Radio Liberty.
  25. ^ Що переможе: здоровий глузд чи імперські амбіції? Андрій Піонтковський., retrieved 26 February 2022
  26. ^ "Путинский режим — постмодернистский фашизм", retrieved 26 February 2022