Dimitri Simes

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Dimitri K. Simes
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Native name
Дмитрий Саймс
BornOctober 29, 1947
Alma materMoscow State University
OccupationPresident of Center for the National Interest

Dimitri Kostantinovich Simes (Russian: Дмитрий Константинович Симис; born October 29, 1947[citation needed]) is president and CEO of The Center for the National Interest and publisher of its foreign policy bi-monthly magazine, The National Interest. Simes was selected to lead the Center in 1994 by former President Richard Nixon, to whom he served as an informal foreign policy advisor and with whom he traveled regularly to Russia and other former Soviet states as well as Western and Central Europe.

Before the center was established, Simes served as chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he was also a senior associate. Earlier, he was the director of the Soviet and East European Research Program and a Research Professor of Soviet Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University. Prior to his work at SAIS, Simes was a senior research fellow and subsequently the director of Soviet Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In addition to teaching at SAIS, Simes taught at the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.


Simes was born in Moscow in 1947, and both of his parents were prominent human rights lawyers in the Soviet Union.[1][2] His mother, Dina Kaminskaya, was born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, and his father, Konstantin Simis, was born in Odessa, Ukraine.[1][2] In 1977, his mother was expelled from the Soviet Union for working as a lawyer for Soviet dissidents.[2] Simes graduated with an M.A. in history from Moscow State University. From 1967 to 1972, he was a research assistant and later a research associate at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations where he also studied at a post-graduate level prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 1973.

Simes authored a book After the Collapse: Russia Seeks its Place as a Great Power (published by Simon and Schuster).[3] He was a columnist for The Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. He has served as a consultant to the National Intelligence Council as well as to CBS and NBC.

In February 2015, Dimitri Simes met with Putin and other Russian officials in Moscow. As a CEO of the think tank Center for the National Interest, he arranged meetings between Torshin, Maria Butina, and U.S. government officials in April, and also arranged Trump's April 27, 2016, speech at the Mayflower Hotel.[4] In the speech, Trump called for greater cooperation with Russia.[5]

In September 2018, historian Yuri Felshtinsky published an investigation about the involvement of Simes in Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, including his help to Maria Butina.[6] After the publication Simes went to Moscow[7] and became a moderator of the political program Большая игра ("Big Game") on Channel One Russia, together with Vyacheslav Nikonov.[8][9]


  • Simes, Dimitri (March 11, 1999). AFTER THE COLLAPSE: Russia Seeks Its Place As A Great Power. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0684827162.

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  1. ^ a b Joe Holley (July 15, 2006). "Dina Kaminskaya; Lawyer Defended Soviet Dissidents". WashingtonPost.com. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Sullivan, Patricia (17 December 2006). "Konstantin Simis; Critic Of Soviet Corruption" – via WashingtonPost.com.
  3. ^ Google books entry
  4. ^ Lynch, Sarah N.; Fabrichnaya, Elena (July 22, 2018). Darlin, Damon; Dunham, Will; McCool, Grant (eds.). "Exclusive: Alleged Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials". Reuters. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Abramson, Seth (November 13, 2018). Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1982116088.:126 book's Index
  6. ^ Who is Dimitri Simes And Why Is He Trying To Sink Mayflower? Investigation by Yuri Felshtinsky GordonUA.com [uk]
  7. ^ Kseniya Kirillova (October 5, 2018). "Dimitri Simes in Russia: "Teledefense" of Trump and Moscow's "cadres"". EUToday.net. Retrieved February 18, 2019.[unreliable source?]
  8. ^ "Туман войны. Андрей Пионтковский – о времени выбора". Радио Свобода (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  9. ^ "Big Game" (Russian), the official site of Channel One Russia

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