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Stanislav Byshok

Stanislav Byshok, biography

Stanislav Byshok, PhD, is executive director at the International Monitoring Organization CIS-EMO, expert in the Public Diplomacy Foundation, co-chair at Russian-Belarusian Civic Initiative Unity (Soyuz), author of several books and expert reports on current Russian, Ukrainian and European politics, as well as a populism/nationalism scholar. He also performs a lecture course on right-wing populism and English-language seminars on International Relations' Theories at the Faculty of Political Science of Moscow State University.

Born in Moscow in 1984. Got a PhD degree in Political Science from Moscow State University in 2020 after obtaining an MA degree in Psychology from MSU in 2006.

In 2006-2012 worked at the psychology faculty of the Moscow University of economics, politics and law (MIEPL), teaching differential psychology, abnormal psychology, psychology of religion and psychohygiene. 

Since 2012 works at the International Monitoring Organization CIS-EMO (he was assigned executive director in December, 2018), and as expert in the Public Diplomacy Foundation

As an international observer participated in the long-term monitoring at the Verkhovna Rada (Supreme Council of the Ukraine) elections in 2012, as well as in by-elections in Kiev in 2013. 

In April - June 2013 conducted a number of presentations for the book "Illusion of freedom: Where are the new Banderivtsi driving the Ukraine" in some Ukrainian cities (Kiev, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Zaporizhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Simferopol, Sevastopol).

In May - October 2014 conducted a number of presentations for the book “Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship” in a number of European capitals (Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Athens) as well as in the European Parliament (Brussels).

In August 2015 was covering the crisis in France caused by illegal immigration from Africa and the Middle East.

September 2015: Co-organized and co-chaired an international forum, “Russophobia and information war against Russia,” in Moscow.

April 12, 2016: Delivered a lecture on the history and contemporary state of Russian-Ukrainian relations at Brown University (Providence, RI, USA).

November 8-12, 2016: Co-chaired a series of events in Minsk (Belarus) organized by Rossotrudnichestvo (Federal agency for the CIS issues, Compatriots leaving abroad and for the international humanitarian cooperation) and dedicated to a wide range of topics, from countering the WWII history revisionism to the future of Russian-Belarusian relations.

April 24, 2017: Co-organized a youth international forum “The common cultural heritage of Russia and Belarus” in Smolensk.

June 16-17, 2017: Took part in the international expert roundtable “Russia – Serbia – Western Balkans” in Belgrade (Serbia) organized by the Forum for Ethnic Relations (Forum za Etničke Odnose).

June 22, 2017: Co-organized and co-chaired an international roundtable, “Russia and Europe: Cooperation not confrontation,” in Moscow. Among its principal speakers were a vice-mayor of Vienna and a Russian Communist party MP.  

October 30 - November 3, 2017: Took part as a key speaker at the international youth forum "XXI century leader" organized by the Young Rus in Minsk, Belarus.

March 18, 2018: Coordinated a 25-strong international observation mission organized by the CIS-EMO during the Presidential elections in Russia. The mission consisted of the representatives of the UK, China, France, India, Italy, Egypt, Bulgaria, and Poland.

April 26, 2018: Delivered a lecture "New ideological currents in post-Soviet space and the West" at the conference "Patriotic upbringing in educational organizations: experience, problems, and prospects" (State Socio-Humanitarian University, Kolomna, Moscow region).

May 28, 2018: Delivered a lecture "Ten theses on Euroscepticism" at the round-table "European right-conservative front: main actors, strategies, perspectives" organized by the International Eurasian Movement (Moscow).

July 11, 2018. Delivered a lecture "On old & new national identities in post-Soviet states: a case of Ukraine" at Matica srpska (Novi Sad, Serbia) at the behest of the Insutute of European Studies (Belgrade).

July 12, 2018. Delivered a lecture on history, ideology and prospects of right-wing Euroscepticism at the Institute of European Studies (Belgrade, Serbia).

July 17, 2018. Chaired a constituent convention of the Civil Initiative "Unity" (Soyuz), a joint Russian-Belorussian non-partisan organization dedicated to further integration of the two states (Vitebsk, the Republic of Belarus).

September 17, 2018. Chaired the second convention of the Civil Initiative "Unity" (Grodno, the Republic of Belarus).

October 13, 2018. Delivered a speech at the international scientific and educational forum "The art of negotiations, debates and public speaking in multicultural environment" (Arkhyz, the Karachai-Cherkess Republic).

November 14, 2018. Moderated an expert roundtable dedicated to social & cultural aspects of Russian-Belorussian integration at the conference of municipal deputies of the contiguous regions of the Russian Federation & the Republic of Belarus (Bryansk).

February 24, 2019. Monitored the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova as a shirt-term observer for the OSCE ODIHR.

March 22, 2019. Delivered a presentation "Europe's right turn & Russia" at a conference at the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), Moscow.

April 26, 2019. Co-chairing the first Belarusian-Russian conference "The Stolypin readings" at the Minsk (Brlarus) branch of the Russian State Social University.

May 31, 2019. Moderating the 3rd international forum "Territory of the Union State of Russia & Belarus as a uniform historical, educational, and informational space" at the Moscow House in Minsk (Belarus).

June 27, 2019. Delivered a speech on why we live in the era of triumphant nationalism & how to proceed in these circumstances at the All-Russian forum "Formula of Concord" dedicated to countering terrorism & extremism among youth (Dombay, the Karachay-Cherkess Republic, Russia).

September 20, 2019. Co-moderating the Interstate conference dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the reunification of Western & Eastern parts of Belarus organized by the Civic Initiative Unity (Brest Fortress, Belarus).

October 29, 2019. Delivered a presentation, "Populism & the transformation of international order," at the international conference "Transformation of international order: Preconditions & current approaches" organized by the Faculty of Political Science of MSU celebrating the 90th anniversary of the late PM & FM of Russia Evgeny Primakov.

In addition, Stanislav Byshok has been a frequent guest to conferences of the Organization for Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE) and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw and Vienna, and to other international forums.


Selective bibliography:

-- S. Byshok. New Europe of Vladimir Putin: The West's lessons for Russia. - Moscow: Knizhniy mir, 2017

- S. Byshok. Brexit and Eurosceptics: The Europeans against the EU. - Moscow: Knizhniy mir, 2016

- A. Kochetkov, S. Byshok, E. Valyaev, O. Krugletsky, S. Prostakov and others. Expert report "Extremism in the Ukrainian politics, society, mass media and defense and law agencies". Edition 1. – Moscow: CIS-Europe Monitoring Organization, 2015

- S. Byshok, E. Valyaev, V. Kireev. Expert report "Extremist movements in Russia and the Ukrainian crisis". Edition 1. – Moscow: Public Diplomacy Foundation, 2015

- A. Bedritskiy, A. Kochetkov, S. Byshok. Ukraine after Euromaidan: Democracy under Fire (IN ENGLISH) – USA:, 2015

Byszok, S., Koczetkow, A. Euromajdan imienia Stepana Bandery: Od Demokracji do Dyktatury (IN POLISH). – Warszawa: PFF, 2014 

- A. Bedritsky, S. Byshok, A. Kochetkov. Democracy on fire: Elections in the Donbass people's republics. –  Moscow: Knizhniy mir, 2014

- S. Byshok, A. Kochetkov. Neonazis & Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship. Third edition, revised and expanded (IN ENGLISH) –  Moscow: Knizhniy mir, 2014

- S. Byshok, A. Kochetkov. Stepan Bandera’s Euromaidan: From Democracy to Dictatorship. Second edition, revised and expanded. –  Moscow: Knizhniy mir, Public Diplomacy Foundation, 2014

- S. Byshok, A. Semenov. Navalny: The one who stole the wood. A blogger and politician's story. –  Moscow: Knizhniy mir, 2014

- S. Byshok. "Illusion of freedom: Where are the new Banderivtsi driving the Ukraine" Third edition, revised and expanded. –  Moscow: Knizhniy mir, Public Diplomacy Foundation, 2013 [The book was officially banned from distributing in the Ukraine by  the State Committee for Television & Radio-Broadcasting of Ukraine in February, 2018]

- A. Kochetkov, A. Semenov, S. Byshok, O. Vernik, D. Efimov. Ukraine 2012: The way the people's deputies were elected. The Ukrainian elections through the eyes of international observers. –  Moscow: Knizhniy mir, 2012


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