Andrey Bystritskiy

Russian Federation

Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, member of the Union of Writers

In 1985-1991, Andrey Bystritskiy was engaged in research as a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He has been in the media industry since 1991, starting as the Head of the Audience Research Department of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (RTR), author and host of radio and television broadcasts. In 1993-1996, Andrey Bystritskiy headed sociological research at the Company. From 1996 to 1997, he was in charge of the "Society" Department at the Itogi (Russian Newsweek) magazine. In 1997-1998, Andrey Bystritskiy was Deputy Director General for Information at TV Tsentr. Between 1998 and 1999, he was the Producer of the Russian news service on BBC. In 1999, he joined the Organizing Committee of the Unofficial Moscow Festival as one of its Co-Chairs, he was also a member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Alternative newspaper and Chairman of the Mayak State Radio Broadcasting Company (main information radio in Russia). In 2000, Bystritskiy became the Director General of the Vesti State Television Company (an entity of RTR). From 2000 to 2008, he was Deputy Director General of RTR and the Director of the Department of Information Programmes of the Russia TV. In 2000-2013 Bystritskiy was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of international broadcasting company Euronews. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Apologia monthly magazine. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Chairman of the Voice of Russia State Radio Company (Russian international broadcaster in 44 languages).

Andrey Bystritskiy has been at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics since 2001, as a Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design since 2014. Since 2008, he has been the head of the Council of the Heads of Government and Public Television and Radio Organizations of CIS Countries. Since 2014, Bystritskiy has been the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club and the Chairman of the Public Supervisory Council of the Russian Ministry of Communications.

Andrey Bystritskiy is a Professor and PhD (Pedagogics, 1989). He is a member of the Union of Writers. In June 2007, he received the Order of Honour.

Andrey Bystritskiy is the author of books, including such works as Youth Subcultures and Russia's Intelligentsia During the Demise of the Soviet System (1991), and numerous publications in newspapers and magazines.


Structuring the Creativity
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North Korea: Abstention from Evil
The proliferation of nuclear weapons and the example of North Korea will further push many countries for the acquisition of atomic might. Today it is one of the most dangerous challenges.The
Society Must Be Able to Defend Itself
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Manipulation or Control? What ‘Big Brothers’ Can Really Do
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The End of Eternity
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Macron's Election: Nothing Will Change Overnight
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A World of New Opportunities: Toward a Future Global Configuration
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Once Again on the New Journalistic Renaissance
Possibilities of manipulating the audience in modern conditions, when billions of people are already submerged into the new information communication environment and actively spread information in it,
Looking Beyond the Horizon: A Few Words about the 6th Valdai Club Middle East…
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In Memoriam: Vitaly Churkin. Politics is Always a Matter of Individuals
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Revolt of the Masses
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Russia’s New Foreign Policy Concept: We Need Friends, Not Enemies
“Unlike some of our colleagues abroad, who consider Russia an adversary, we do not seek and never have sought enemies. We need friends. But we will not allow our interests to be infringed upon or


The World of the Future: Moving Through Conflict to Cooperation. Plenary Session…
October 19 in Sochi, within the framework of the 14th Annual Meeting of the Valdai Club, the plenary session "The World of the Future: Moving Through Conflict to Cooperation" was held.

This Year, the Valdai Mideast Conference is Focused on the Changing Global…
On February 27-28, the Valdai Discussion Club, in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, held a conference, titled “The Middle East: When Will Tomorrow Come?”