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Fedotov Mikhail

Fedotov Mikhail

Born September 18, 1949 in Moscow in a family of attorneys.
Graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 1972. While at the University, Mikhail Fedotov was a human rights activist, for which he was expelled in his second year and had to finish his course through evening classes.
1969–1972 – reporter for the Vechernyaya Moskva, Sotsialisticheskaya Industria, and Na Boevom Postu newspapers, as well as Lesnaya Nov magazine.
1972–1976 – postgraduate student at the All-Union Extra-Mural Law Institute (now Kutafin Moscow State Law Academy).
1976–1990 – lecturer, senior lecturer, assistant professor, and professor at the All-Union Extra-Mural Law Institute with numerous publications on the problems of constitutional and information law, intellectual property, and international humanitarian cooperation.
1990–1992 – the RSFSR Deputy Minister of Press and Mass Media.
1992 – Director General of the Russian Agency for Intellectual Property under the Russian Federation President.
1992–1993 – Russian Federation Minister of Press and Information.
1993–1998 – Russian Federation’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Mr Fedotov was awarded the UNESCO medal commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for his contribution to promoting the values of justice, equality, freedom, and solidarity.
1998–2003 – Vice-President of the Information Science for Democracy (INDEM) Foundation.
2003–2010 – Secretary of Russian Union of Journalists.
In October 2010 Mr Fedotov was appointed Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.
Mikhail Fedotov is a Professor and Doctor of Law and winner of the Government of the Russian Federation’s Prize in Print Media.