Konstantin I. Kosachev
Russian politician, diplomat, member of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th convocations. Head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) and Special Representative of the President for the CIS Member States Affairs. PhD in Law.1984 – graduated with honors from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Worked as an interpreter, held various diplomatic positions in the central office and foreign offices of the USSR and Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1991 – graduated from the Advanced Training Faculty of the Academy of Diplomacy of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1991 – First Secretary of the Embassy, 1994 – Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Switzerland. Participated in numerous international conferences on the issues of European security and disarmament. Member of the group of counselors to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Served as Deputy Director of the 2nd European Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was responsible for Russia’s foreign policy in Northern Europe. 1998 – Counselor, then Assistant for International Affairs to the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. Served as Deputy Head of Secretariat of the Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation. Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, member of the Commission on Providing Support to Yugoslavia to Overcome Consequences of the NATO’s Aggression, member of the Commission on the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.