Deputy Chairman of the Centre for Strategic Research Foundation.
Member of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation.
Dr. Mezentsev graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Railway Engineering with PhD in Psychology; Assistant Professor.
Foreman at Leningrad-Baltic Locomotive Shed of Oktyabrskaya Railway, Young Communist League functionary in Leningrad, Soviet Army officer, military pressman.
At various times, Dr. Mezentsev has been Peoples' deputy of Leningrad City Council, head of the Leningrad City Council Press Center, Chairman of Committee on Publishing and Media at St. Petersburg City Hall, and Deputy Chairman of Russian Federation State Committee for Publishing.
From 1999 to 2002, he served as President of Center for Strategic Research.
In 2002, he was elected to the Federation Council, later appointed Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council, and Chairman of the Federation Council Commission on Information Policy.
From 2009 to 2012, he was Governor of Irkutsk Region.
From 2012 to 2015, he was General Secretary of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Member of Russian Union of Journalists.
Recipient of Russian and French state awards.