Igor Yurgens,
Chairman of the Management Board, Institute of Contemporary Development

Chairman’s Statement

In the late 1980s, history tasked our country with a very difficult three-part transition – from an authoritarian state to a democracy, from state-planned economy to private ownership, from a republic within a vast country to an independent state.

The dismantling of the old system is almost done. The "Soviet heritage" is no longer relevant to today's reality. At the same time, we still have considerable work to achieve the tasks set forth for Russia in 1991. We need to pursue the democratic development of society, which is still at a formative stage. We must bring the quality of life of Russia's residents closer to European standards. We need to complete restructuring the state and boost the efficiency of its institutions in order to be able to find successful solutions for national issues and increase the country's competitive advantages internationally.

It will be possible to resolve these issues only within the framework of a full-scale modernization strategy. Modernization for contemporary Russia includes gradual restructuring of all civil institutions, targeted improvement of the legal system, diversifying the economy, de-monopolization, and creation of development institutions responsible for innovations and investments. Modernization involves the implementation of a comprehensive range of measures aimed at development of an information society and knowledge-driven economy. It also requires continual initiatives to enhance efficiency of the government administration.

Two major goals of our Russian leaders in the past several have been to provide for our citizens’ welfare and promote the country as a global leader. These goals become achievable only if the country undergoes a comprehensive modernization. Only then will Russia develop into a country with a genuine market-driven economy and a sound post-industrial society.

We rely on the ability of the Russian government to guarantee stability and reduce political risks in developing a democracy and a liberal economy. It is important for these processes to develop together with efficient dialogue between the state and the society. It is crucial for the government to rely on qualified expert opinions in making strategic decisions and implementing specific measures. This is a prerequisite for our joint success. All of the activities of the Institute of Contemporary Development will be designed to achieve these important objectives.