Ushakov is a graduate of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and was the Russian Ambassador to OSCE from 1996 to 1998.
He was appointed Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States in January 1999, and he was released from his posting by the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, on 2 June 2008. From June 2008 to May 2012 Ushakov was Deputy Chief of the Government Staff of the Russian Federation. Since May 2012 he has been Aide to the President of the Russian Federation responsible for international affairs in the Presidential Administration.
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- "Dmitry Medvedev released Yury Ushakov from his post of Russian Ambassador to the United States" (Press release). Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Russia). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
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- "The Tragedy of Beslan in North Ossetia-Alania, Russia". The Washington Times, USA. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 26 January 2017.