Oleg Ignatov

Oleg Ignatov

Senior Analyst, Russia

Crisis Group Role

As Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Russia, Oleg Ignatov focuses on the country’s domestic affairs as well as Moscow’s role in conflicts around the world.

Professional Background

Oleg has previously worked as a leading expert at the Center for Current Policy in Moscow, as a political consultant, and in various roles at the United Russia party. He also holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Moscow State University. 

He specialises in Russia's foreign and domestic policy, Russian elites, Russian policy and conflicts in the post-Soviet space, and Russian-Ukrainian relations.


  • Russian
  • English


Ukraine at a Crossroads: Scenarios for the Reintegration of Donbas, Carnegie Moscow Center (March 2018)

In The News

20 Feb 2023
I think they [the Kremlin] will use this [Biden's Kyiv trip] to repeat the line that this is a conflict between Russia and the West, not between Russia and Ukraine. Newsweek

Oleg Ignatov

Senior Analyst, Russia
4 Oct 2022
There is an official narrative that Russia is not at war ... and that everything is evolving according to plan. But if Putin has declared mobilization, it means the plan ... Newsweek

Oleg Ignatov

Senior Analyst, Russia

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