|| Chairman, GIST, Inc., Arlington,
President, INOK, Inc., Somerville, MA
Director of International Marketing, Public Opinion Foundation, Moscow,
President, Freedom Channel, Inc., Boston, MA
Information Industries and Technologies, Inc. (GIST)
of the board
Active in the day-to-day activities of this consulting company. GIST
publishes a monthly industry newsletter, weekly Internet distributed
News Flashes, and is preparing the third edition of its Russian Telecom
Investors Guide available both in book and CD ROM form. The scope
of GIST has expanded from Russia and the CIS to other emerging markets
including China and Latin America. The latest GIST contract is to
advise the Russian government on the privatization of its stake in
the national telecom holding company, SvyazInvest. GIST has been involved
as the telecom expert of an Arthur Andersen led international consortium.
Led a team of top Russian television professionals and, working with
American colleagues, created Freedom Channel, an American 501 c(3)
focusing on Russian media, polling and the telecommunications industry.
Over a two year period Kazachkov was executive producer for over 20
documentaries, filming in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil and the U.S. The
programs were produced and aired nationally in Russia to an estimated
audience of 15 to 25 million per segment. A series of Freedom Channel
election spots received the Soros Foundation award for the best television
work of the 1993 campaign -- the first free election to the Russian
Parliament in post-Soviet Russia.
In 1994 Freedom Channel advised the State Duma in the creation
of its own radio and television service. In 1995 Kazachkov edited
the White Paper on the future of Russian telecommunications presented
to the State Duma. The White Paper was prepared by a team of experts
from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and MIT. In late 1996
the World Bank’s InfoDev program awarded Freedom Channel a
grant to draft guidelines for Russia’s national policy in
telecommunications and information technologies. The results were
presented in May 1998 at a Freedom Channel conference in Moscow.
In September 1999 Freedom Channel finished a project supported by
the National Endowment for Democracy to build an Internet accessible
database of the best criminal defense strategies for Russian human
Senior fellow for the Visitors Human Rights program at the Edward
R. Murrow Center for International Communications at Tufts University’s
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Academy of Sciences
- Published more than a dozen papers in his field, ten of them
in Western scientific magazines.
- Researcher in theoretical atomic physics till his KGB arrest
- Kazachkov was arrested by Soviet authorities in 1975 and spent
15 years as a dissident prisoner in the GULAG.
- He was the last political prisoner to be released in the USSR
in November 1990. In July 1991 the highest court of Russia threw
out his high treason charges.
Kazachkov is active as a business consultant for American and
European companies operating in the Russian and CIS markets, as
well as for Russian high technology and telecommunications companies
seeking to enter western markets.