First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, Deputy to the State Duma of Convocations I, IV, V, VII, VIII, Special Representative of the State Duma on Migration and Citizenship, Director of the Institute of CIS Countries. Author of hundreds of publications in the domestic and foreign media, including books: “33 and One More Story from the Life of Our Mainland”, “Between East and West. Ukraine against the backdrop of the Orange Revolution”, “Russia and Abkhazia: Two Countries – One People”, “The Russian Question”, etc. Member of the Scientific Council under the Security Council of the Russian Federation, member of the Government Commission for the Affairs of Compatriots Abroad, member of the Government Commission on Migration Policy. Awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, the Order of Honor, Friendship, Medals For Excellent Service in the Protection of Public Order, “In Memory of the 850th Anniversary of Moscow”, “300 Years of the Russian Navy”; Orders of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Order of St. Prince Daniel of Moscow, St. Sergius of Radonezh and St. Seraphim of Sarov, the Order of St. Sava of the Serbian Orthodox Church; orders and medals of the Republics of Armenia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Transnistria Moldavian Republics, Diploma and Badge of Honor of the State Duma of the Russian Federation “For Merits in Development of Parliamentarism”, etc. Honorary Citizen of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of Crimea.