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Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South Caucasus, Turkey and Israel

Kesarev is a leading public affairs advisory firm across Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, South Caucasus, Turkey and Israel, covering 25 countries – with a growing network of consultants working from fourteen hub offices.

Since 2004, we have been providing public policy, public affairs and reputation management counsel to a wide range of major American and other international investors.

Kesarev supports associations, global and national companies in understanding the gap between the letter and the spirit of law as well as its implementation especially important in the developing markets.

We work to the highest international standards of transparency and compliance, often partnering with consultants, lawyers and client HQ teams in Brussels, London, Washington DC and elsewhere – a number of global agencies work with us as their emerging market partner in Europe.


Our diverse team is highly experienced across the legal, policy and media landscapes in our countries of operation and helps our clients navigate often complex and opaque markets. Kesarev is the largest independent firm by the number of projects in the region with expertise in agribusiness and food sector, healthcare, FMCG, financial services, ICT, infrastructure, energy and utility, mining and natural recourses and beyond.

We offer a fully-integrated mix of public policy and strategic communications / issues management support, and often operate across a range of countries for single clients.

Since 2014, Kesarev consultants have been ranked by The Best Lawyers in the areas of Government Relations, Government and Regulatory Practice, including the "Best Lawyer of the Year" award. Kesarev partners were recognized among the Top-20 communications managers by the TOP-COMM rating in 2020 and 2019 and within the Top 1000 Managers of Russia rating in 2017, 2015 and 2014.


EVGENY ROSHKOV's experience in public affairs is more than 20 years. He holds the position of the firm's Executive Partner and joined Kesarev as a partner in 2004. His primary responsibilities include providing expertise to clients in the fields of public affairs; various public policy and industry issues. Evgeny also co-leads Kesarev branch offices in Kyiv (Ukraine), Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan), and international practice.

Evgeny has wide project experience in public affairs consulting in Russia, Ukraine and CIS region. He has worked for corporations in such sectors as food/agriculture, finance, energy, mining, infrastructure, defense, FMCG and healthcare.

He is a member of International Bar Association (IBA), International Compliance Association (ICA), Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP) and Issues Management Council.

He also heads course on Public Affairs at Higher School of Economics (Moscow) Faculty of Social Sciences.

Professional Experience

Evgeny has held various positions in government and in policy advisory fields, including as Senior Advisor on Political Planning for the political party United Russia, Special Advisor to Nasha Ukraina (Our Ukraine) and other similar roles in Russia, Ukraine and USA (1999-2010).


Evgeny holds degrees in law and history and political science from Vologda State Pedagogical University. Additionally, he studied at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) and Pericles Law School (Moscow).


  • Best Lawyers recommends Evgeny in the areas of Government Relations and Regulatory Practice.
  • Top-1000 Russian Managers (2014) for management in professional services industry

CHRIS DOBSON began his career in the London agency world within a private consultancy specializing in C-suite issues management consultancy. In 1999, he relocated to Central Europe, where he was based variously in Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest, Istanbul, Moscow and Warsaw, playing a key role in establishing and growing Mmd, the largest emerging markets corporate communications consultancy of the times. Throughout this time, Chris combined a lead management and operations role with that of client counsel to a number of major investors into the region, within the energy, financial, B2B and healthcare sectors in particular.

Chris became CEO of Mmd in 2009, steering it through its sale to Huntsworth plc, where he became a Board member of the international agency created by the merger of Mmd with two Huntsworth stable mates. In 2011, he departed for Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm, where he joined the EMEA leadership team, directly managing a cluster of EMEA markets and personally establishing the firm’s ground-up offices in Moscow & Istanbul. He has been a regular speaker at a wide range of events across emerging markets in Europe and further afield about the particular communications and outreach challenges facing MNCs in fast-moving, complex and often opaque business environments.

Chris joined Kesarev from emerging markets consultancy Speyside, which he led for four years and across four continents until late-2019. He advises a number of our large multi-country clients and is driving our international expansion into a growing range of emerging markets.

Chris is a graduate of the University of Salford with a degree in Economics, Business and Marketing.

PAVEL MELNIKOV brings with him 10+ years of professional experience in public affairs, CSR, and crisis communications both from government and private sector.

Responsibilities in Kesarev

  • development and handling complex reputational management, CSR and advocacy campaigns;
  • public affairs and stakeholder outreach;
  • crisis communications.

Professional Experience

Pavel started his career at the Federal Customs Service. Then he became the Press Secretary to Igor Artemiev, State Duma MP and current Head of the Federal Anti-monopoly Service (FAS), both at the State Duma and FAS.

Pavel spent three years in charge of corporate PR at Pirelli Russia and seven years as Vice President of Public Affairs and Crisis Communications at the Russian office of Grayling, a global PR and GR agency.


Pavel graduated with Honours from the Management Faculty of the Russian Customs Academy. In 2014, he completed several courses on global compliance, global corporate lawyering, antitrust and competition law.

He is invited to give lectures at prominent Russian higher education institutions such as Moscow State University (MGU), Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), and the Higher School of Economics; he has also held special courses on Public Affairs at the MGU and MGIMO.

Pavel is a member of the Public Affairs League, uniting Russian Public Affairs professionals, and a member of the Russian Public Relations Association.


Best Lawyers recommends Mr. Melnikov in the area of Government practice. Pavel is listed as a Leading PA Consultant in the Professional Services sector by Kommersant newspaper and the Russian Managers Association (Top-1000 Russian Managers-2014, 2015, 2017).

YURY PANASIK has been practicing in the field of government relations for more than 15 years.

Responsibilities in Kesarev

  • Yury leads the Firm's expertise in the fields of technical regulation, regulatory and political risks' assessment, legislative procedures' analysis and issues management.
  • His record is particularly strong in regulatory impact and political risk assessment in Russia and post-Soviet states.
  • Yury is also leading the firm’s efforts in issues monitoring and analysis as well as preparation and execution of response plans.
  • He leads client work in such industries as FMCG, food & agriculture, information & communication technology, financial services, infrastructure & transport as well as healthcare & pharmaceuticals.

Professional Experience

Before joining Kesarev, Mr. Panasik was a Senior Analyst in the Centre for Current Politics of Russia as well as a Head of Direction at Eurasia Heritage Foundation and an expert in several nongovernmental and analytical organizations specialized on projects in post-Soviet countries.


Yury is a graduate of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Moscow State University with a focus on political science.

He is constantly advancing his knowledge of the industry via participation in Russian and International educational courses and master-classes on Government Relations, including the three-year program for global executives, organized by the Public Affairs Council (2018-2020), “Comparative Politics” by Coursera (2016) and "Introduction to Regulatory Impact Assessment in Russia" by the Higher School of Economics (2013).