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Konstantin Eggert

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Independent journalist, political analyst and communications consultant

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Konstantin Eggert (also known as Konstantin von Eggert) is an independent journalist, political analyst and communications consultant. He is a Baltic States correspondent and weekly columnist on Russian affairs for DW (Deutsche Welle), Germany’s international broadcaster.

In 2016-2018 Konstantin Eggert was program host and political commentator for TV Rain, Russia’s groundbreaking independent TV channel. In 2010-2015 he worked for Kommersant, Russia’s oldest private media group. His positions there included working as Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Kommersant FM, Russia’s first ever 24-hour news station. In 2009-2010 Mr Eggert was Vice-President for Public and Government Affairs for ExxonMobil Russia Inc. in charge of relations with the Russian Government, communications, political and economic analysis and charity projects. In 1998-2009 Mr. Eggert was Senior Correspondent, then Editor-in-Chief of the BBC Russian Service Moscow bureau. He also presented “Utro na BBC” (“BBC Morning”), the Russian Service flagship morning news and current affairs program. In 1992 -1998 Mr. Eggert was Diplomatic Correspondent, and later Deputy Foreign Editor of Izvestia daily. His assignments included, among other areas, the Middle East, Iraq, Iran, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

His opinion pieces featured in the "International Herald Tribune", “The Times," “The Financial Times," "Milliyet," and "Helsingin Sanomaat." Mr Eggert regularly appears on the BBC, CNN, NPR and other major TV and radio networks.

Mr. Eggert started his career in 1990 as a reporter for the Moscow daily “Kuranty." In 1987 he was called up for a national army service. In 1990 he discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Konstantin Eggert is a member of Chatham House - Royal Institute of International Affairs (London). From 1997 until 2014 he was member of the Advisory Board of “Pro et Contra," the Carnegie Moscow Centre journal as well as member of the editorial board of the “Security Index” quarterly of the Centre for Political Studies in Russia.

He is a frequent speaker on the international conference circuit and has spoken or lectured at the German Foreign Policy Association (Berlin), Geneva Centre for Security Policy, Royal College of Defense Studies in London, Uppsala and Lund Universities (Sweden). In 2008 Queen Elizabeth II appointed Konstantin Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Also in 2008 President Valdas Adamkus awarded him Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of Lithuania. Mr. Eggert is also a recipient of several journalism prizes in Russia.

Konstantin Eggert is an honors graduate of the Moscow University Institute of Asian and African Studies (MA in history and Arabic language). He speaks English, French and Arabic.