Andrey Zolotkov (b. 1951) has headed Bellona-Murmansk since 1998. He is a chemist, a graduate of Dmitry Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology (formerly, Moscow Dmitry Mendeleyev Institute of Chemical Technology). Since 1974 and until 2009, Zolotkov worked on nuclear icebreakers and nuclear maintenance ships operated by the Murmansk Shipping Company and, later, by the nuclear fleet operator Atomflot. Zolotkov has twice been elected as a public representative, serving in the Soviet national legislature – the Supreme Council of the USSR – between 1989 and 1991, as well as a member of the Murmansk Regional Duma between 1995 and 1997.