politician, historian and political scientist, and an expert on Middle East and
Central Asia. Bagdasarov is a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly
of the Russian Federation of the fifth convocation (2007-2011) and a former
member of the Committee on Civil, Criminal, Arbitration and Procedural
Legislation. An ex-officer of the Russian Army, he retired to the reserve with
the rank of Colonel in 1995. Bagdasarov has been awarded with multiple orders
and medals of the USSR and the Russian Federation. At present time he is the
director of the "Center for the Study of the Middle East and Central Asia."