Russian arms: trade and politics

Vyacheslav Matuzov, Chairman of Friendship and Business Co-operation Society with Palestine, Acting Chairman of Friendship and Business Co-operation Society with Arab Countries

1941 - Born in Russia
1959 - Graduates, Geological College, Novosibirsk
1968 - Graduates, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1968 - Joins Central Committee of the communist party of the Soviet Union
1970 - First secretary, cultural attaché, USSR embassy, Lebanon
1974 - Head, Palestinian and Lebanese department, central committee of CPSU international department
1975 - Joins international department, central committee of the communist party of the Soviet Union
1990 - Counselor, head of group for bilateral Arab-Israeli negotiations, Soviet embassy in Washington D.C.
1993 - General manager, air companies, United Arab Emirates
1995 - Chief expert, public relations department, Russian joint-stock company gazprom
1997 - Vice president, first Russian-Islamic bank, Badr-Bank
1998 - Foreign projects director, Gazprom, affiliated company Stroytransgaz
2000 - Chairman, friendship and business co-operation society with Palestine
2002 - Acting chairman, friendship and business co-operation society with Arab countries

Ruslan Pukhov, Arms expert, Defence Analyst, Director, Centre for Analysis of Strategy and Technology

1973 - Born in Moscow
1995 - Internship, Russian Embassy, Paris
1996 - Graduates, Moscow State University of International Relations
1996 - Postgraduate studies, French-Russian master d'Etudes Internationales Sciences PO, Moscow State University of International Relations
1996 - Researcher, Conventional Arms Project, Centre for Policy Studies (PIR), Russia
1997 - Director, editor and partner, Centre for Analysis of Strategy and Technology

Today we will talk about Russian weapons. Russia's arms trade hit a new record in 2008. The overall revenue was over US$8 billion. Russia trades arms all over the world and sometimes even gives fighter-jets as presents, as was the case with Lebanon. What is Russia’s arms trade policy? The guests to answer this question are Russia`s leading arms expert Ruslan Pukhov and Vyacheslav Matuzov, Russia`s leading expert on the Middle East...