Mayak Intelligence is a boutique research, writing, education and consultancy firm registered and based in Prague but concentrating on Russia, as well as certain wider thematic issues relating to organised and transnational crime, war, politics and history.
Its principal director is Dr Mark Galeotti, a veteran observer of Russian security and politics, currently senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, previously professor of global affairs at New York University, a former adviser at the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and a prolific author. You can read more about him and other researchers associated with us here, as Mayak Intelligence also works with a network of affiliate researchers, analysts and experts in Russia and beyond.
Mayak is the Russian word for ‘lighthouse,’ a source of illumination that one hopes will help others steer away from rocks and shipwreck. It is also the name of a very nice bar-restaurant in Moscow, once very much a haunt of the cultural intelligentsia, where much inside gossip on the capital’s political, economic and social scenes is shared over a bottle or a shot. Needless to say, Mayak Intelligence is in no way connected with that other Mayak.