benzinga.com lists Vladimir as one of the "22 Most Important People Behind Bitcion". His pricing predictions are often quoted in the media. (Coindesk)
He used to run one of the largest private Bitcoin mining operations in the UK and probably the world a few years earlier. He is known as an author of the p2p websites filedonkey and figator.org, has run FIDO node in Russia in early 90's, worked for Russian Ministry of Defence, and for companies such as Coca-Cola, Pipex, Ebuyer. Currently Vladimir is CTO of BTC Global and also consults a number of Bitcoin start-up companies including New Coin Inc. (operator of ripple.com) on Information Security and Server Infrastructure matters.