Anton Bendarjevskiy (Anton Bendarzsevszkij) was born in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, in 1985, living in Hungary since 1995. Anton was studying at the University of Pécs, and has MA degrees in History and MA in Media and Communications. In 2009 he was also studying Political Science at University of Leicester. Currently Anton is completing his PhD degree at the Geopolitical PhD program at the University Pécs, Faculty of Geography. The topic of his PhD: “From Belovezh to Eurasian Union: integration processes in the post-Soviet region”.
In 2006-2007 Anton was doing an internship as reporter at the regional studio of Hungarian National Television, MTV. In addition to his managerial experience in the business sector (IBM, Priceline Group), between 2009-2016 he was a journalist of biggest Hungarian foreign policy news portal, Kitekintő, which had 40 000 readers daily. Between 2009-2016 Anton was leading the post-soviet department at Kitekintő. As the editor of Kitekintő he has written over five hundred articles and analyses, and in addition had publications in different other online and print media.
Between 2015-2019 Anton was the director of Pallas Athene Innovation and Geopolitical Foundation (PAIGEO), the organization created by the Central Bank of Hungary, and also leading the Foundation’s Research Institute, which main focus area was mainly Eastern Asia. PAIGEO has become one of the most important Hungarian research organizations during that time, supporting geopolitical research on academic and scholar level; supporting geopolitical book publishing; operating it’s own geopolitical PhD program with two major Hungarian universities (University of Corvinus and University of Pécs), with nearly 150 PhD students combined; preparing publications and analyses published on www.geopolitika.hu and in several Hungarian media outlets; publishing a geopolitical magazine on quarterly basis called Hungarian Geopolitics (HUG) and organizing conferences and academic events.
Anton is specializing in the internal- and foreign policy of post-soviet countries, focusing on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, in addition to energy security and security politics. He is a regular guest of different international conferences and forums dealing with these topics. Since 2011 he is providing a regular expertise on Hungarian media outlets as an expert of post-soviet countries.
Personal website: www.anton-bendarjevskiy.eu
I wanted to become a journalist or famous writer since I was a little child. Or if not one of these, then “important man” for sure. I was playing adult in my very early childhood, probably as many children do. The world of adults were much more shining, and adults did what they wanted to do (freedom). I even had a serious-looking briefcase – I don’t remember whose was it, probably my uncle’s. It was brown, a bit shabby, and it looked like it was filled up with all the seriousness and self-awareness of the adults… and while putting inside “important” documents I absorbed some of the feelings associated with it… I wanted to control the things happening in the world, to govern the planet, or at least some smaller country… And once my parents brought home a writing machine a new world started for me. My dreams and fantasies came alive: since I was 6 years old, through typing letters on the blank, white paper, I have created a new world, which became exactly like I wanted it to be. And nothing limited my imagination…