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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.

Materials

Looking Beyond the Horizon: A Few Words about the 6th Valdai Club Middle East…
21.02.2017
The discussion of what is happening in the region requires a certain breadth: from the discussion of the global world order and international terrorism to the increasing migration flows; from attempts
In Memoriam: Vitaly Churkin. Politics is Always a Matter of Individuals
21.02.2017
Vitaly Churkin’s name is already inscribed on the tablets of history. He will remain forever in the memory of Russian, as well as international diplomacy and politics.
Revolt of the Masses
30.12.2016
The outgoing 2016 has shown that we observed some kind of a revolt of the masses. And this revolt takes place in large regions of the earth's territory. In some countries, for example, in the
Russia’s New Foreign Policy Concept: We Need Friends, Not Enemies
08.12.2016
“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
What We Expect from the Valdai Discussion Club Conference in Singapore
01.12.2016
One of the largest Asia-Pacific countries, the United States, is now experiencing an interesting period. The election of Donald Trump impressed almost everybody, no matter how to regard
An American Tragedy
03.11.2016
The duel between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump from the beginning was somewhat farcical. Two rather elderly and tired persons (with all the promises to increase the duration of active life)
Andrey Bystritskiy: Issues that Will Determine our Future
31.10.2016
We have done a great deal during our three-day meeting.  It is interesting that when discussing the natural contradictions between large global players, the majority of our experts agreed
Does the Future Start Today?
24.10.2016
We propose to discuss a wide spectrum of problems, from technologies, which obviously affect the political agenda, to the transformation of the forms of democracy, from challenges and trends of
Summing Up Parts Not Always Brings to the Whole
10.10.2016
In the life of a modern Islamic society we see the same elements and phenomena that one hundred years ago led to the civil war in Russia. As in Russia, a traditional community collapsed in Islamic
G20: Political Psychotherapy
05.09.2016
The economy practically can do with no state, but the mankind needs governments. The G20 summit in China looks like an impressive illustration of the main problems of the modern world. At first
NATO Archipelago
18.07.2016
The NATO summit in Warsaw is considered successful. But where is success? And whose is such a success? The last NATO summit in Warsaw many experts call almost historic. And it is understandable,
A Few More Questions on Brexit
27.06.2016
It’s interesting to read international polemics the first day after Brexit. The Russian punditry is somewhat more accessible to me, but the international sort has not gone far beyond either.