Vladimir Rubtsov was born at 1948 in Kharkov, Ukraine. He received his M.S. degree in computer science in 1972 and after that joined the laboratory of Dr. Alexey Zolotov in Kalinin, where for three years studied the problem of the Tunguska meteorite. Received his Ph.D. degree in the philosophy of science from the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Moscow, Russia), having defended in 1980 the doctoral thesis Philosophical and Methodological Aspects of the Problem of Extraterrestrial Civilizations (the first of its kind in the former USSR).
After returning to Kharkov, Vladimir Rubtsov continued his work on the Tunguska problem, closely collaborating with his Russian colleagues.These decades-long investigations led him to putting in simple words an account of the Tunguska event that would be fully objective, clear and easy to understand. The Tunguska Mystery has appeared as a result of this aspiration.
Dr. Rubtsov has authored some 150 scientific and popular-science articles in the Soviet, post-Soviet, and foreign press, as well as two books, apart from The Tunguska Mystery: The Problem of Extraterrestrial Civilizations (Shtiintsa ["Science", the publishing house of the Moldavian Academy of Sciences], 1984 & 1987, co-authored with Dr. Arkady Ursul) and UFOs and Modern Science (Nauka ["Science", the publishing house of the Russian Academy of Sciences], 1991, co-authored with Dr. Yuly Platov). In 1984, monograph The Problem of Extraterrestrial Civilizations was given the Award of the Moldavian Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Vladimir Rubtsov is a full member of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics, an associate member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, USA, a member of the Expert Group on Anomalous Atmospheric Phenomena of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a member of the SETI Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.