Russian presidential race 2008: what the candidates stand for

President of the Institute of Strategic Assessments, Aleksandr Konovalov

1944 - born in Moscow
1967 - graduates, Moscow Engineering Institute of Geodesy, Cartography, and Aerial Photography
1972 - graduates, Moscow Institute of Electronic Machine Building
1977 - PHD in technical sciences, Moscow Bauman State Technical University
1982 - joins institute for U.S. And Canadian Studies, USSR Academy of Sciences
1990 - teaches at NATO Defence College, Rome
1991 - visiting lecturer, Columbia University, New York
1995 - professor, George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
1998 - establishes Institute of Strategic Assessments, Moscow
2003 - member, expert council under the Foreign Affairs Committee, Federation Council

This week the presidential race in Russia has entered a new stage as the deadline for registration has passed. The list of candidates will be finalized on January 27 by the Central Election Commission, after it examines the presented documents. Andrey Bogdanov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Gennady Zyuganov, Mikhail Kasyanov and Dmitry Medvedev - do all of them stand a chance to be on the list?   We`ll talk about it with the President of the Institute of Strategic Assessments - Aleksandr Konovalov.