Petr Topychkanov

Nonproliferation Program
Moscow Center
Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program.


PhD, MA, Moscow State University
BA, Institute of Practical Oriental Studies 


English; Hindi; Russian; Urdu

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Petr Topychkanov is an associate in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Nonproliferation Program. 

Previously, he served in the Russian Armed Forces (2003–2004) and worked in the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (2002–2003). He has been a member of the editorial board of the Nuclear Club Journal (Moscow) since 2009. He has taught courses on the modern history of South Asian countries at Moscow State University’s Institute of Asian and African Studies (2006–2009), the Institute of Practical Oriental Studies (2005–2011), and St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University of Humanities (2006–2011).

Topychkanov earned his doctorate in history from the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Moscow State University in 2009. In 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Scholarship as a PhD student.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 20, 2015 Русский
    Russo-Turkish and Russo-Indian Nuclear Cooperation: A Template for the Future?

    Though largely overlooked by international media, Russia has signed several significant nuclear energy agreements over the last several months. These agreements give Russia an opportunity to develop nuclear cooperation with India, Turkey, and Iran, as well as Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Egypt, where Russia plans to build nuclear plants too.

  • Eurasia Outlook February 2, 2015
    Indian Cyber Front

    Over the past few years, India has been paying increasing attention to the threats of crime, terrorism, and espionage in cyberspace.

  • Eurasia Outlook January 16, 2015 Русский
    Why Does Russia’s Strategy in Asia Fail?

    The current political crisis in Russia’s relations with the West gives a strong impetus to Russian rapprochement with Asian countries. However, many analysts are of the opinion that no significant progress in this area has been achieved as of yet.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 31, 2014
    Looking Back on 2014 (Part II)

    2014 was a year of crisis. Ebola, ISIS, and Donbas are now part of the global lexicon. Eurasia Outlook experts weigh in on how crises on Russia’s periphery affected the country, and what these developments mean for Moscow in 2015.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 19, 2014
    What Does Russia Really Want in Iran?

    Russian participation in the nuclear talks has demonstrated that despite the depth of the Ukrainian crisis and all the existing conflicts between Russia and the West, there are no reasons to consider Russia a purely destructive force that is bent on harming the West.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 16, 2014
    Russia’s Pivot to Asia: Is It Good for Russia and Is It Successful?

    Many are talking about Russia’s pivot eastward, but is it working? Eurasia Outlook posed the question to some leading experts in the field in order to gather some thoughts about the policy’s effectiveness.

  • Op-Ed Russia Direct December 15, 2014
    Here’s How to Raise Russia-India Relations to a New Level

    Despite the large number of bilateral agreements signed as a result of Putin’s visit to Delhi, there are many obstacles to an improved relationship with India that require pragmatic approaches from both sides.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 9, 2014
    What Do You Expect from Vladimir Putin’s Visit to India?

    What do you expect from Vladimir Putin’s visit to India? Eurasia Outlook posed the question to some leading experts in the field in order to gather some predictions about the meeting’s significance to Russia-India relations moving forward.

  • Eurasia Outlook December 8, 2014
    Strategic Partnership Without Strategy?

    Russia and India should initiate the creation of a roadmap for developing Russian-Indian relations. Without a binding roadmap, the “strategic partnership” will remain nothing but pretty window dressing that conceals the absence of strategy.

  • Op-Ed Russia & India Report December 1, 2014
    Weakest Part of Russia’s Relations with India

    Russia needs to use every opportunity to inform the Indian government and public about Moscow’s priorities in regional and global politics and about its views on all issues which are relevant to Indians.

  • Moscow: Carnegie Moscow Center July 5, 2011 Русский
    20 Years Without the Berlin Wall: A Breakthrough to Freedom

    Enormous societal and political shifts 20 years ago opened prospects for a new, united Europe. Despite Russia’s role in this peaceful departure from totalitarianism, the country’s course in the subsequent two decades was not so straightforward. While the demolition of the Berlin Wall is no guarantee of success, democratic transformations are a necessary precondition.

  • ABC’s RN Drive September 16, 2013
    Draft Resolution on Syria’s Chemical Weapons Underway

    If the joint efforts of the United States and Russia in Syria are to succeed, they must attain a ceasefire between Bashar al-Assad’s armed forces and the opposition, and discover and destroy all chemical weapons in Syria.

  • RFI's World News Explained September 5, 2013
    Putin Says He Wants Concrete Proof Before Deciding on Syria

    Although Putin’s statements have been seen as flexible rhetoric, Russia’s policy toward Syria has not changed.

  • Musharraf
    Voice of Russia's Morning Show April 22, 2013
    Former Pakistan President Could Face Treason Charges

    The arrest of Pervez Musharraf is a momentous event for Pakistan, since his conviction would deprive the country’s military establishment of impunity it has long enjoyed.

  • Voice of Russia March 8, 2013
    Kerry's Tour as US Secretary of State: Prospects of US Foreign Policy

    The United States will probably continue to limit its presence in global affairs because Barack Obama is committed to a more moderate U.S. role in foreign affairs.

  • Voice of Russia June 28, 2012
    Nuclear Five in Washington Discuss Nonproliferation

    Nuclear nonproliferation will only be successful if the Nuclear Five, especially the United States and Russia, set an example for the rest of the world by fulfilling their pledges to pursue disarmament.

  • Voice of Russia February 28, 2012
    9 People Killed in a Suicide Attack in Eastern Afghanistan

    Reports that NATO troops burned copies of the Koran in Afghanistan help boost the Taliban’s recruitment efforts and can be used to support the Taliban’s attempts to portray conflict in Afghanistan as religious rather than political.

  • Voice of Russia's Inside View February 20, 2012
    Western and Arab Officials Call on Moscow to Take a Clear Stance to Put an End to Bloodshed in Syria

    Russia lacks the resources for dealing with the situation in Syria and, despite its current support of the Bashar al-Assad government, will likely lose influence in the country regardless of the future political situation.

  • Voice of Russia's Inside View January 24, 2012
    The European Union Slapped an Embargo on Iranian Oil Supplies

    The European Union’s embargo on Iranian oil supplies is unlikely to be effective in forcing Iran to restart negotiations on its on-going nuclear program.

  • Voice of Russia's Inside View January 13, 2012
    Iran’s Nuclear Program

    While Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy, the international community has reason to worry that Iran’s nuclear program is developing technologies that would enable Tehran to build nuclear weapons.

  • Pyotr Topychkanov
    Voice of Russia January 12, 2012
    Fourth Iranian Nuclear Scientist Killed in Car Blast

    Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, department supervisor at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, was killed in a car bomb explosion in Tehran that Iranian officials have already accused both the United States and Israel in playing a part in.


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