Andrey Piontkovsky

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Andrey Andreyevich Piontkovsky
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Piontkovsky at the Moscow International Book Trade Fair Exhibition, 8 September 2011
Native name Андрей Андреевич Пионтковский
Born (1940-06-30) June 30, 1940 (age 76)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Citizenship  Soviet Union (1940–1991)→ Russia (1991–present)
Nationality Russian
Fields mathematics, political analysis
Institutions Strategic Studies Center, Moscow, Russia
Alma mater Moscow State University

Andrey Andreyevich Piontkovsky (Russian: Андре́й Андре́евич Пионтко́вский, born June 30, 1940, Moscow) is 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.

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[5] and Transitions Online.[6] 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"[7] and "hybrid fascism."[8]

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.[9][10]

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.[11]

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."[12]

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 Donbass.[13]

In 2016 he published an article "Бомба, готовая взорваться" ("A bomb that is ready to explode") about Russian-Chechen ethnic conflict.[14] When the General Prosecutor Office found his article "extremist" and started criminal prosecution [15] Piontkovsky left Russia on 19 February 2016.[16][17][18]

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. 
  2. ^ AREA 17 (2014-05-13). "Hudson Institute > About Hudson > Andrei A. Piontkovsky". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  3. ^ Glazov, Jamie (17 November 2006). "Symposium: to kill a Russian journalist". FrontPage Magazine. 
  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. 
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  6. ^ Ehl, Martin. "". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  7. ^ "G8 members no longer have common goals, expert says". Radio Liberty. 31 July 2006. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ AREA 17 (2014-05-13). "Hudson Institute > Review of Andrei's Pionkovsky's Another Look Into Putin's Soul". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  10. ^ AREA 17 (2014-05-13). "Hudson Institute > Review of Andrei's Pionkovsky's Another Look Into Putin's Soul". Retrieved 2014-05-17. 
  11. ^ "Трон тронулся". 15 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Loiko, Sergei (26 June 2013). "Russian lawmakers suggest U.S. is violating Snowden's human rights". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ Andrey Piontkovskiy (2015-02-18). ""Путин сделал ставку на ядерный шантаж" – Андрей Пионтковский". Retrieved 2015-03-01. 
  14. ^ "Бомба, готовая взорваться" ("Bomb that is ready to explode") by Piontkovsky.
  15. ^ Piontkovsky,Andrey (23 January 2016). "Article "Бомба, готовая взорваться" in Russian.". Echo of Moscow. 
  16. ^ Schreck, Carl (19 February 2016). "Russian analyst flees country, fearing persecution". Radio Liberty. 
  17. ^ "Андрей Пионтковский покинул Россию, опасаясь преследования" [Andrey Piontkovsky fled Russia, fearing persecution] (in Russian). BBC Russian Service. 19 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "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.