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.


Russia-US Summit: Not Only Russians Are the Slow Starters
Not only the Russians are the slow starters who drive fast. It appears that this is true of the Americans as well. In any case, one can’t help getting this impression amid the flurry of reports about
Political Time Machine: Where to Go?
The current conflicts can play a positive role, because progress only comes from contradictions. So the current difficulties need to be discussed, creating an imagined future, the route toward which
Russia and China: The Challenges of Excellent Relations
The Russian-Chinese relations can be called excellent. However, this is what makes one think very seriously about the future of these relations. It is the main problem of any success: having achieved
Acquired Information Deficiency Syndrome, or the Crisis of Trust
The world has plunged into information chaos and both elites and ordinary people are drowning in it. The consequences of global inability to understand what is happening can be terrifying, up to
The Splendors and Miseries of Modern Think Tanks
The fate of modern think tanks is a graphic illustration of our world’s crisis, namely, the lack of a future plan or even a responsible discussion thereof. So, for all their diversity and intellectual
New World Vision
The mankind enters an era of critical transformation. The conflict between different political forces is deepening. But, most importantly, the communication zone of political battles expanded
The Eternal Engine of Progress Broke Down in 2017
Just recently the humanity had a dream of a beautiful future. Now it has instead the frightening idea of the inevitability of new technologies in the hands of barbarians. It seems that the world clock
World Policeman
Only the lazy does not speak now about the collapse of the old world order and the need for a new one. But the question is: Do we really need this new world order? Maybe it could be better to be
Structuring the Creativity
From the carnival-like referendum in Catalonia (like a scene straight out of Verdi’s Don Carlos) to the bloody clashes in Myanmar (hardly something out of the Bhagavad Gita, but
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
The terrorist threat will grow and it is important that people be prepared to resist it. "With all the importance of the work of intelligence services, policemen and embedded agents (this is
Manipulation or Control? What ‘Big Brothers’ Can Really Do
There has been a lot of talk lately about the possibility of using new digital technologies, Big Data, and artificial intelligence to enslave and manipulate humanity. Recently, Beijing’s presumable


Prospects of Russian-American Relations after the Summit of the Presidents of…
On July 20, at 10:00, the Valdai Discussion Club hosted a discussion on the results of the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, featuring Anatoly

Situation Around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear…
On May 15, 2018, the Valdai Club held an expert discussion dedicated to the situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA).

Andrey Bystritskiy on the Valdai Club Conference ‘Russia in the Middle East:…
On February 19-20, 2018, the Valdai Discussion Club in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences held a conference, titled “Russia in the Middle East:

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?”



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