Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




The U.S. Mission in Russia: Law Enforcement Cooperation and Politics

Please join the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations for a discussion with Alexey Trepykhalin, a former legal and political specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

Mr. Trepykhalin will discuss U.S.-Russian cooperation in law enforcement projects in transnational organized crime and rule of law, and the changing work environment for Foreign Service Nationals accompanying the recent deterioration in bilateral relations.

Alexey Trepykhalin is a Russian lawyer and former locally employed staff (LES) member of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. At the Embassy, Trepykhalin was responsible for the implementation of technical assistance projects in the area of transnational organized crime and rule of law. Trepykhalin began his sixteen years of work at the Embassy as a legal assistant to U.S. DOJ representatives, then served as a legal adviser in the Law Enforcement Section from 2002 to 2013, and as a legal specialist in the Political Section from 2015 to 2019. Before working at the Embassy, he served as an advisor to the speaker of the Russian Federation Parliament between 1991 and 1993 and worked in various U.S. technical assistance projects connected with land privatization from 1994 to 1998. Trepykhalin has also worked at the International Financial Corporation of the World Bank and OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria. In the summer of 2019, he moved to New York City as a permanent U.S. resident with his wife and stepson.