Mikhail Margelov

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Person.png Mikhail Margelov   C-SPAN ZoominfoRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, propagandist)
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BornDecember 22, 1964
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Alma materInstitute of Asian and African Countries
Russian liberal politician. Played a major role as propagandist in the 1996 election campaign of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 and for Vladimir Putin in 2000. Attended the 2003 Bilderberg meeting.

Mikhail Vitalievich Margelov is a Russian politician. He played a major role as propagandist in the 1996 (CIA financed) election campaign of Boris Yeltsin in 1996 and for Vladimir Putin in 2000.

He attended the 2003 Bilderberg meeting.

He was Vice President of JSC “Transneft”, and has also been Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council of Russia. He was a member of the European Democrat Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) from 2002 until 2009.[1]


Margelov is the son of Colonel General Vitaly Vasilyevich Margelov, a politician and intelligence officer, and the grandson of General Vasily Margelov, a Hero of the Soviet Union.[2] He graduated from the Institute of Asian and African Countries, which is affiliated to Moscow State University.

He is married and has two sons.


Before the end of the Soviet Union, Margelov has worked as an interpreter in the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, taught Arabic at the Higher School of the KGB, and was Senior Editor of the Arab section in the TASS News Agency. He is also fluent in English.[3]

In 1990–1995, he was employed by a number of US consulting companies dealing with investment projects in the Commonwealth of Independent States, including World Resources, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain & Company.

In 1995, he became project director for the publicity campaign of Grigory Yavlinsky and the Yabloko party.

In 1996, he was chief co-ordinator for propaganda for President Boris Yeltsin's 1996 re-election campaign, which was heavily supported by the CIA. He went on to head the President's public relations department from November 1996 to May 1998.

Between October 1999 to October 2000, he was a director of the Russian Information Centre (Rosinformcentr), a government agency covering events in the Northern Caucasus From May 1998 to September 1999, he held a managerial position at RIA Novosti news agency.

From January to March 2000, Margelov served as a consultant to Vladimir Putin's Electoral Headquarters,[3] in charge of contacts with foreign media.[4]

On December 20, 2000, Mikhail Margelov became a member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation - a representative from the executive body of state power of the Pskov region. In February 2001, in the Federation Council, on his initiative, the Federation group was created, uniting new senators of the "Putin's call". On November 14, 2001, he was elected Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs[5]. From December 2001 to November 2004 he was a member of the Central Political Council of the United Russia party.

In PACE, he was a member of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee), the Political Affairs Committee and the Sub-Committee on the Middle East. Having served as the vice-president of the PACE, he was due to be appointed president in 2008. However, he was controversially blocked in what some regarded as an anti-Russian move.[6]


From 2003 to 2017 (14 years) he was President of the Russian Society for Solidarity and Cooperation of the Peoples of Asia and Africa (ROSSNAA). [7]

September 24, 2010 Mikhail Margelov, as Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Sudan, at a high-level meeting on Sudan in New York during a meeting of the UN Security Council, made a report on the decision of the Russian Federation to support any outcome of the referendum on self-determination of southern Sudan in January 2011.

From March 20, 2011 to October 31, 2014 he was Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation for Cooperation with African Countries. In this capacity, Margelov puts forward a strategy for Russia's return to Africa, the key element of which is the strengthening of the interests of Russian business. To this end, in 2011 he organized and held the 1st Russia-Africa Business Forum. After that, Russian projects were supported in South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, Niger, etc.

During the Libyan crisis, in the midst of hostilities between supporters and opponents of Gaddafi and a NATO bombing campaign, Margelov made a number of trips to Libya, where he held meetings with all parties to the conflict. At the same time, he made a prediction that Gaddafi had no chance to retain power and therefore a dialogue should be started with the Libyan opposition, which caused serious objections from a number of employees of the Russian Foreign Ministry, who believed that Gaddafi would be able keep the situation under control.

In March 2014, Mikhail Margelov, as the Head of the International Committee of the Federation Council, was on the Canadian "black list" among Russian officials who fell under sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine. On September 25, 2014, in connection with the his end as a member of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, he left the post of chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs.


On October 27, 2014, he assumed the duties of Vice President of PJSC Transneft. On November 13, 2014, he was elected to the Company's Management Board.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP)[8], and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)[9].

In 2005 he wrote and published the book Russia in the Global Hydrocarbon Market: Main Trends, Contradictions and Prospects. The monograph, written on the basis of an analysis of both Russian and foreign sources and literature, examines the problems of determining and asserting the place and role of modern Russia in the global hydrocarbon market.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France
WEF/Annual Meeting/200421 January 200425 January 2004World Economic Forum
2069 billionaires, CEOs and their politicians and "civil society" leaders met under the slogan Partnering for Prosperity and Security. "We have the people who matter," said World Economic Forum Co-Chief Executive Officer José María Figueres.