Maksim Shevchenko is one of the leading Russian journalists and experts on the ethno-cultural and religious policies. He is member of the Public Chamber of Russian Federation.
In 1990 he graduated the Moscow Aviation Institute with a major engineering and system analysis of microelectronic devices. Later he obtained second incomplete education - a course at the Institute of Asia and Africa at Moscow State University. In 1991-1995 he taught the history of Russia and Western Europe in the first classical orthodox school «Radonezh-Yasenevo».
He worked in the publications: “Vestnik hristianskoi demokratii” (1987 – 1991, special correspondent and editor); “Pervoe sentyabrya” (1992 – 1995, head of department and company culture); magazine “Tverdyi? znak” (1991 – 1996, department head poetry); “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” (1995 – 2002, project author and executive editor application «NG-religion») and a special correspondent for “hot spots” magazine “Smysl” (project author and editor).
Since 2005, Mr. Shevchenko hosts the socio-political talk show “Judge alone” by Russian Channel One TV (television).
As a special correspondent of the “Nezavisimaya Gazeta” to “hot spots” he has worked in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chechnya, Dagestan, Yugoslavia, Israel and Palestine.
In 2000 he founded the «Center for Strategic Studies of religion and politics of the modern world» - an independent nonprofit expert and analytical community, bringing together and involved on the project and contracted experts and analysts specializing in issues of contemporary political, socio-mythological and religious consciousness.