Alexey Bogantsev is a human rights activist and an expert on the history of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Born in the Soviet Union, Bogantsev studied History at the Lomonosov Moscow State University, where he obtained his doctorate in the Anglo-American historiography of the 1905 Revolution. He became an associate professor of Russian History at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, where he lectured on Soviet dissident movements. In the early 1990s, Bogantsev was involved in the first business schools in Russia, and a visiting professor at the Fontbonne University in Missouri and the University of Antwerp. Between 2007 and 2016, he held various positions in banking. Bogantsev is deeply involved in human rights organizations investigating and seeking to counter contemporary Russian repression, including Memorial, which was defamed and banned by Putin’s regime, and the Sakharov Center.