Born in Moscow in 1949, Vladimir Mazyrin graduated from the Institute of Oriental Languages, Moscow State University in 1972, received his Ph.D. in History in 1975 and his Doctorate in Economics in 2012. He is currently Associate Professor of the Economy and Economic Geography Department, Institute of Asian and African Studies of the Moscow State Lomonosov University and Leading Research Fellow in the Centre for Vietnam and ASEAN Studies, Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Russian Academy of Science. Dr. Mazyrin speaks Vietnamese, English and French.
From 1976 to 1979, he was the Expert of the Trade Representation in Hanoi, Vietnam (Ministry of Foreign Trade of the USSR), and from 1985 to 1990 he was the First Secretary of the USSR Embassy in Hanoi. With this field experience, he switched to working as a full time researcher on Vietnam, Indochina, and Southeast Asian affairs from1990 onwards. He has published three books in Russian and many articles dealing with different aspects of Vietnam’s public policy and society development, international relations and trade in the Southeast Asian region, and the activities of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).