Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian Ambassador to the US and alleged spy, has been at the center of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the election in his favor.
But Kislyak, 67, was involved with Russian foreign policy in the US long before Trump even announced he was running for president. He’s been at the forefront of US-Russia relations for decades.
Here’s a look at Kislyak’s life:
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Kislyak was born in Moscow, but describes himself as “ethnic Ukrainian.” Both of his parents were born in Ukraine.
Source: Yale Daily News
After graduating from the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in 1973 and the USSR Academy of Foreign Trade in 1977, he began his career at the Soviet Union’s top foreign affairs ministry.
Source: Business Insider, Russian Embassy
In the 1980s, he began his foreign service in the US, representing the Soviet Union at the United Nations in New York City and then serving at his country’s embassy in DC.
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