Pavel Felgenhauer

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Pavel Felgenhauer
Pavel Eugenievich Felgenhauer

(1951-12-06) 6 December 1951 (age 69)
Moscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)
EducationCandidate of Sciences
Alma materMoscow State University (1975)
ChildrenTatyana Felgenhauer (stepdaughter)

Pavel Eugenievich Felgenhauer (Russian: Па́вел Евге́ньевич Фельгенга́уэр; born 6 December 1951) is a Russian military analyst[1] known for his publications about Russia's political and military leadership.[2]


Felgenhauer was born in 1951 in Moscow, the Soviet Union and graduated from Moscow State University as a biologist[3] in 1975. He served as a researcher and senior research officer in the Soviet Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and received his Candidate of Sciences degree in biology from the Academy in 1988. He is based in Moscow. His stepdaughter, Tatyana Felgenhauer, is a journalist and presenter at the Echo of Moscow.

Felgenhauer published numerous articles on topics dealing with Russian foreign and defense policies, military doctrine, arms trade, military-industrial complex and so on. From January 1991 until January 1993, he was associated with the Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Moscow) as defense analyst and defense correspondent. From February 1993 till September 1999, Felgenhauer was a member of the editorial board and chief defense correspondent of a Moscow daily Segodnya. Since May 1994 till October 2005, Felgenhauer published a regular column on defense in the English language local daily The Moscow Times. In July 2006, after being more than six years an independent defense analyst, Felgenhauer joined the staff of Novaya Gazeta. Felgenhauer continues to provide regular comments on Russia's defense-related problems to many other local and international media organizations, including The Jamestown Foundation.

His commentaries[edit]

Felgenhauer initially described retaking South Ossetia from Georgia as a Russian logistical nightmare and claimed that Russia would face a prolonged and difficult war against Georgia's "quite good military".[4] After the Russian army managed to route elements of Georgian Army from Tskhinvali Region following five days of hard fighting, the swiftness and ferocity of the Russian attack made Felgenhauer re-assess the situation, asserting that Russia's intervention was fully pre-planned (i.e. "Kavkaz-2008" Military Exercise) and that "invasion was inevitable, no matter what the Georgians did."[5]


  1. ^ "Did Russia Plan Its War In Georgia?". RFE/RL. 2008-08-15.
  2. ^ "The rogue intelligence officer, the bogus news agency and the spies who never were". The Guardian. 24 January 2001.
  3. ^ (in Russian)
  4. ^ (, Deutsche Welle. "Analysis: South Ossetian Conflict Will Cost Russia Dearly - Europe - DW - 08.08.2008". DW.COM. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  5. ^ "The Russian-Georgian War Was Preplanned In Moscow". Jamestown Foundation. 14 August 2008.