Prof. Vishnevsky was an outstanding scholar, arguably the most renowned demographer of Russia and the post-Soviet space. He contributed significantly not only to the field of demography, but to social history and population economics. A man of encyclopaedic knowledge, he actively participated in public life and the activities of international organizations such as the UN, UNESCO, the European Association for Population studies, and others.
In 2007, he was appointed head of the newly created Institute of Demography at HSE University, which was established jointly with the Centre of Demography and Human Ecology of the Institute for National Economy Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
In 2014, Prof. Vishnevsky was awarded the title of Honored Economist. In 2017, he was awarded a Badge for Outstanding Contributions Made to the Development of State Statistics.
He talks about his life and career in the film A Man from the Third Billion (in Russian)