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Nikolay Petrov

Research Division:

Eastern Europe, Eurasia Visiting Fellow

Areas of Expertise


Nikolay Petrov is an independent researcher focused on Russian domestic politics and its impact on foreign policy, on political regime in Russia, elites and decision making. Since February 2023, he is a non-resident guest scholar at SWP.

Short Curriculum vitae

Since 2023 Visiting Fellow, Eastern Europe and Eurasia Division, SWP

2019–2022 Senior Research Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Programme, Chatham House, London

2013–2021 Professor and Head of the Laboratory for “Regional and Development Assessment Methods”, Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow

Scholar in residence at the Carnegie Moscow Center, Head of the project Society and Regions, Head of the Centre for Political-Geographical Research

Member of the program on “New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia” (PONARS Eurasia)

Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the “Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies”, “Russian Politics” and “Russian Politics & Law”

1990–1995 Advisor to the Russian Parliament, Government and Presidential Administration