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Andrey Klimov, Head of the State Duma Subcommittee on European Co-operation

1954 - Born in Perm
1978 - Graduates, Perm State University
1981 - Lecturer, Perm State University
1990 - Deputy, Perm Regional Council of People’s Deputies and member of the Regional Council Presidium
1994 - Deputy, Legislative Assembly of Perm Region and head of the Regional Policy and External Relations Committee
1998 - President, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Komi-Permyak Autonomous district
1998 - Director, Inter-industrial Institute of Regional Research
1999 to 2003 - State Duma deputy, deputy chairman of the Regions of Russia group, member of the Federal Affairs and Regional Policy Committee in the State Duma of the Russian Federation, head of the Sub-committee on Socioeconomic Development of the Regions and Inter-regional Communications
2003 - Head, Sub-committee on Regional Policy Development and Inter-regional Affairs
2005 - Member, Committee on International Affairs
2005 - Head, Sub-committee on European Co-operation

Today’s show concerns Russia’s relations with its neighbours. Last week, Moscow banned the import of 500 dairy products from Belarus due to improperly drawn papers and later said another 800 would also be prohibited. Minsk was quick to accuse Russia of blackmailing the country with its trade policies. Is Russia losing its closest and friendliest neighbor? We’ll be talking about this and other issues with the head of the State Duma Subcommittee on European Co-operation, Andrey Klimov.