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Shamil Sultanov, MP, State Duma, International Affairs Committee

Shamil Sultanov

1952 - Born in Uzbekistan
1976 - Graduates, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1976 - Scientific group head, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1989 - Deputy department head, Institute of External Economic Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1991 - Special correspondent, Den (day) newspaper
1994 - Deputy Editor-in-chief, Zavtra (tomorrow) newspaper
1995 - Member, National Council of United People of Russia
1998 - Deputy Chairman, Research Centre for International and Interregional Economic Issues
2003 - Co-chairman, Party of Russian Regions
2003 - State Duma deputy

This week leaders of four former Soviet states - Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova, united in a regional organization named GUAM - are holding a Summit in Baku, the Azerbaijan capital. Ten years ago the organization was seen by many as an alternative to the Commonwealth of Independent States seeking to reduce the influence of Russia, especially the significance of Russia as an energy supplier to Europe. What are the goals of GUAM leaders today? In which direction is this organization developing? What should be Russia’s response to the activity of GUAM countries? The man, who knows the answers - is Russian MP - Shamil Sultanov.