Vitaly Shlykov, a member of the Public Council of the Russian Defence Ministry
Member, Foreign and Defence Policy Council
Member, Public Council, Defence Ministry of Russia
1934 - Born in Kursk Region
1958 - Graduates, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
1958 - Serves in Soviet Army
1959 - Graduates, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Military Diplomatic Academy
1973 - Graduates, Military Diplomatic Academy
1988 - Retires from Soviet Army
1989 - Senior Research Fellow, Institute of World Economy and International Relations
1990 - Deputy Chairman, State Committee on Social Security and Co-operation with the Defence Ministry
1992 - Publicist, taking part in international seminars and conferences on army and military economy related issues
2007 - Member, Public Council, Defence Ministry of Russia
Vitaly Shlykov retired from the Soviet Army in 1988, with the rank of colonel. During 30 years of service, Dr. Shlykov was a research analyst in the field of defence economics. He also served on the General Staff. He received a Ph.D. at the Moscow Institute of Foreign Relations and is a graduate of the Military Diplomatic Academy. After retiring from active duty, Dr. Shlykov spent 2 years as a senior research fellow at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow. In 1990, he became the Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Defence in Russia and held the post for two years. Dr. Shlykov is an acknowledged expert on the Russian defence industry and its associated budget.
Spotlight has received several emails requesting an indepth discussion about the situation in the Russian Army. Many people are expressing their concern about what they have read in the press, regarding the harsh conditions Russian youngsters have to endure after they are drafted into the army. What is the main stumbling block when it comes to recruitment - money, personnel or legislation? Colonel Vitaly Shlykov, a member of the Public Council of the Russian Defence Ministry, is on Spotlight to tell us more.