Experts & Staff

Mikhail Komin

Visiting Fellow

Areas of expertise

Authoritarian regimes, Russian elites and bureaucracy, Russian government data policies, policymaking processes in non-democratic contexts


English, Russian


Mikhail Komin is a visiting fellow with the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Prior to joining ECFR, he was a senior expert at the Moscow-based Center for Strategic Research, working on a project to develop a new socio-economic strategy for Russia. In 2019, he joined the Center for Advanced Governance, a think-tank conducting research on Russian economic, social, and digital policies and advocating for good governance, transparency, and open data. He was also a member of the Survey Russian Elites advisory board (2018-2021) by Hamilton College in the US.

Komin regularly provides analytical comments for media outlets such as TVRain, Forbes, Carnegie, Novaya Gazeta, and Radio Liberty. Since 2022, Mikhail has been an editor at Novaya Gazeta Europe. He holds a postgraduate degree in political science from Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg.

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