Anton Lavrov is a graduate of Tver State Technical University. Currently, he is a military observer for the Izvestia newspaper coveringRussian military developments and modern local conflicts. Since 2009 he was an independent military analyst, closely associated with Moscow-based Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies (CAST). His primary fields of expertise are Russian military reform, the Russian defense industry, the 2008 Russian-Georgian War, the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, and the recent Russian operation in Syria. He is a co-author of 12 books (on Russian and English language), author of several papers and major publications on those topics. In 2018 Mr. Lavrov was a visiting fellow in the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.