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Russia’s accession to the WTO: pros and cons

Maksim Medvedkov, Russian negotiator for WTO accession

1957 - Born in Moscow
1979 - Graduates, Moscow State University of International Relations
1979 - Reviewer and chief reviewer, North Countries Department, Foreign Trade Ministry, Moscow
1982 - Chief economist, USSR Trade Mission in Switzerland, Bern
1986 - Deputy expert, Joint Commission of USSR and Belgian-Luxembourg Economic Union of  administration of trade with Western countries, Foreign Trade Ministry
1987 - Expert, chief expert and executive secretary, Central Administration OF Economic Affairs with Developed Capitalist Countries, Ministry of Foreign and Economic Relations
1992 - Head of section and deputy head of Central Administration, Department of multilateral Economic Co-operation of Ministry of Foreign And Economic Relations
1996 - General director, Centre for Trade Policy and Law
2000 - Russian deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade
2004 - Head, Trade Talks Department, Russian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

To join the WTO, Russia has been negotiating bilateral agreements with each of the organization's members since the early 1990s. This month the president-elect said that Russia is capable of completing this process within this year. What is this confidence based on? Russia’s negotiator for the WTO accession, Maksim Medvedkov, seeks to answer that.