Andrei Piontkovsky (born 1940, Moscow) is a Russian scholar,
political writer and analyst.
He graduated from the Mathematics Department of Moscow State
University and has published more than a hundred scientific papers
on applied mathematics.
He was the Executive Director of a Moscow think tank, the Strategic
Studies Centre, which has been closed since 2006. He contributes
regularly to Novaya Gazeta, the Moscow Times, Russia Journal and the
online journals Grani.ru and Transitions Online. 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 and
has described Russia as a "soft totalitarian regime”.
Piontkovsky is a member of the American Mathematical Society
and the international writers’ association, the PEN Club.
He is the author of several books on the Putin presidency in Russia,
including most recently Another Look Into Putin's Soul.
ANOTHER LOOK INTO PUTIN'S SOUL
Translated by Arch Tait
Hudson Institute Washington, DC, 2006
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President even claimed he could look into Putin's soul. I wonder how
he managed to do that. In all my many involuntary encounters with
the KGB, an officer's soul was one thing I failed to spot."
VLADIMIR BUKOVSKY, Cambridge, UK
Piontkovsky is not only a
penetrating analyst of the Russian scene. He is also a pleasure to
read. He writes with a compressed elegance, a penetrating irony that
combines wit with a rapier-like brutality. He makes you laugh even
as you wonder at the audacity with which he goes after the actors on
the Russian political and economic scene. The criticisms of the
Russian scene in this book of occasional writings are sometimes
exaggerated, even intemperate. But they are always stimulating,
always illuminating, and often prescient."
SIR RODRIC BRAITHWAITE, HM Ambassador to
"When you read someone like Piontkovsky,
you can see why they executed Socrates!"
YURI AFANASIEV, Rector, Russian State
University for the Humanities, Moscow
Piontkovsky is one of Russia's
most original analysts. Although he is sometimes controversial - I
myself don't always agree with what he writes - there is no
disputing his sincerity, talent and deep concern over what is
happening in Russia."
MIKHAIL KASIANOV, former Prime
Minister of the Russian Federation
"Gems of satire and political
analysis, Andrei Piontkovsky's essays
reflect the heart of a Russian patriot with a strong sense of
universal justice. Avoiding narrow nationalism in his compelling
views on Russia's place in the world, he has produced a book worthy
of wide attention."
GENERAL WILLIAM E. ODOM
Former Director, US National Security Agency
"He is a profound thinker whose
definitions and interpretations of the events in our lives have
quite simply become part of the canon of Russian political thought."
ANDREI ILLARIONOV, former adviser to