Vyacheslav Bakhmin (1947), was born in Kalinin (now Tver). Graduated from a specialized boarding school No. 18 with a profile in physics and mathematics at Moscow State University. From 1966 to 1969 He studied at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, in 1974 he graduated in absentia from the Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics.
Bakhmin was a member of the human rights movement in the USSR, one of the founders of the public "Working Commission to Investigate the Use of Psychiatry for Political Purposes", and is a former political prisoner.
During the years 1991-1995 he headed the Department for International Humanitarian and Cultural Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. In 1995-2003, he was Executive Director of the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation) in Russia. From 2004 to 2015, he was a consultant to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and assessed and monitored projects supported by the foundation in Russia. Since 2011, he has been the head of the expert council of the Polytechnic Museum Foundation, he is the Chairman of the Sakharov Center and co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group.