Vyacheslav Nikonov
Vyacheslav Nikonov

Vyacheslav Nikonov holds a doctoral degree in history and is a respected Russian political analyst.

Born June 5, 1956, in Moscow, Nikonov is the grandson of Vyacheslav Molotov, the renowned Soviet politician and diplomat. In 1973, Vyacheslav Nikonov began his studies at the Faculty of History of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, specializing in modern and contemporary history. Following the graduation, he began working for the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at LMSU. In 1989, he became the youngest Doctor of History in the USSR. It was the same year when he was transferred to the Central Committee of the USSR Communist Party to work as an instructor, and later as the head of the Ideology Department.

In 1991, he served as assistant to the Chief of Staff of the President of the USSR. Following August 1991, he was an assistant to the head of the State Security Committee (KGB) of the USSR.