An LL.D., and a graduate of the Kazakh State University; with a specialism in administrative law and state-confessional relations; He was a lecturer at the Kazakh State University and Higher Law School “Adilet”, KIMEP University, and 2007 – at the Caspian Public University. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Arbitrator of the International Referees Court “IUS”. Mr. Podoprigora is also a Fulbright scholar. Since 2000 – he has been a member of the OSCE/ODIHR Experts’ Group Advisory Council on freedom of religion and beliefs. Also, he is the author of numerous publications in Kazakhstan and abroad.