Andrey Andreevich Piontkovsky is a scientist and political writer and analyst, currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington, DC.
Also, as an applied mathematician by training, Piontkovsky graduated from the Mathematics Department of Moscow State University and has published more than a hundred scientific papers on applied mathematics. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society and the International Writers Association's PEN Club.
He was an Executive Director of the Strategic Studies Center (Moscow) think tank that 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. He is also 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 in Russia and, as such, has described Russia as a "soft totalitarian regime."
Piontkovsky is the author of several best-selling books on the Putin presidency in Russia, including his most recent work, Another Look Into Putin's Soul
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