Sergey Kapinos

Ambassador Sergey Kapinos, a Russian career diplomat, assumed the post of head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Centre in Bishkek on 14 October 2012.

Ambassador Kapinos was born in Lviv, Ukraine, in 1956. He studied in Moscow, graduating from the Economics Faculty of the Institute of International Relations in 1978, and in Social and Political Science from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992.

He has held a number of diplomatic posts in India and Pakistan, among them assistant attaché at the USSR Embassy in Pakistan (1978-1981), Vice-Consul at the USSR Consulate-General in Bombay (1985-1990), and First Secretary and Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in New Delhi (1992-97).

He was Senior Counsellor in the Department of International Security and Disarmament at the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997-1999 and Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Armenia from 1999-2003.

Before moving to head of the OSCE Office in Yerevan, Armenia, a position he held from 2007-2011, he was Deputy Director of the Caucasian Department in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which he held from 2003-2007.

Ambassador Kapinos is married and speaks English, French, Polish, Ukrainian, Urdu and Hindi.

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