Born on 15 May 1955 in the city of Omsk. In 1978, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, in 1983, completed the full-time postgraduate study of this institution of higher education.
Over 30 years he worked within the system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of the USSR and Russia in various positions at its central bodies and abroad.
From 2004, he was the Director of the Department for Security and Disarmament of the RF MFA.
Anotoly Antonov has extensive experience in the negotiation process. He was the head of several Russian governmental delegations, including within the negotiations with the countries of the ‘Group of Eight’, on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, on surveying operation of the Conventions on Inhumane Weapons, on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction, on the Prohibition of the Biological Weapons, on the multilateral export control mechanisms. He headed the Russian delegation at the talks with the U.S. on a new Treaty on the Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms.
By the RF Presidential Decree of 2 February 2011 he has been appointed the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.
His capacity contains the cluster of issues relating to international military cooperation and organisation of contacts between the RF Ministry of Defence and military departments of foreign states.
Personal decorations: the Order of Merit for the Fatherland 4th grade, the Order of Military Merit, two Orders of Honour, and the Order of Friendship.
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador.
D. Sc. (Political).
Talking points for the statement by Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Anatoly Antonov at the panel discussion «Next steps in Nuclear disarmament. Where do we go from here?» (Geneva, 24 April 2013)