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Vladimir Lukin

Russian Federation Council Member, Former Ambassador to the United States, Former Human Rights Commissioner of Russia

Vladimir Lukin is a member of the Council of the Federation (Russian Senate) and is Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Affairs. In 1990 he was elected people’s deputy of the RSFSR (Soviet Russia) on 9th Podolsk district (Moscow region), being a candidate for “Democratic Russia”. He was a member of Constitutional Commission and, in June 1990, was elected as a head of International relations Committee of the Supreme Soviet. In December 1995 he was elected as a Deputy of State Duma, where he was a chairman of the International Relationships Committee. In December 1999 he was elected for his second term in State Dume, and was appointed as vice-speaker. In February 2004 – 2014 Vladimir Lukin was Human Rights Commissioner of the Russian Federation. He was elected unanimously as the President of the Russian Paralympic Committee in 1996, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Senator Lukin was one of the founders in 1993 of the “Yabloko” democratic party which was represented in the State Duma (Russian Parliament) and now plays an active role in the political life of Russia. From May 1992 he was Russian observer to the Organization of American States (OAS) and served as an Ambassador of the Russian Federation in USA (1992-1993). He was Chairman of the Soviet National Committee of Asian-Pacific Cooperation.

In 1959 he graduated from the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute of Vladimir Lenin he is Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor. During 1959-60 he worked as a researcher in the State Historical Museum of USSR, and then in the Institute of World Economy and International Relationships, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO) from 1961 to 1965. He later worked as senior consultant of Czech editorial board of “Problems of Peace and Socialism” magazine in Prague, head of Far Eastern Policy Section of Institute of US and Canadian Studies, and head of Pacific Ocean States and South Eastern Asian Department then Head of Evaluating and Planning of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.