INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated June 28, 2019

Speeches and Articles

Remarks by Igor Yurgens, Investing in Human Capital Roundtable, June 8, 2008, XII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

June 8, 2008

The issue of human capital and investments in human capital is extremely broad, embracing issues of education, healthcare, upward social mobility, the pension system and culture. It also concerns aspects of the very nature of human behavior, employer and government policies, and many other issues.

Speech by the Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens, Financing Innovation and the Venture Capital Market Roundtable, XII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum

June 5, 2008

The XII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is being held at a very important time for both our country and our economy. It is not a great exaggeration to say that the Russian government is now standing at a “crossroads,” needing to make a choice about the country’s development scenarios in the medium-term perspective.

Igor Yurgens: The State Risks Turning into a “Big Brother”

May 6, 2008

Political Economy (PolitEkonomika), No. 5-6, 2008

Interview with the Chairman of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens

Below, dear readers, you will be able to read along and discuss the modernization objectives of Russia in 2008, which “fundamentally do not differ from the problems we faced in 1991.”

Leonid Grigoryev: The Concept for Long-Term Development – For Whom It Is Written

April 20, 2008

Ever more time is passing since the beginning of reforms, and this critical factor is changing people’s perceptions about themselves and their times, their assessments of the past and future expectations. While theoreticians argue about the possibilities of catch-up development and modernization, persons and companies are under rational expectations that are based on their experience. Assessments of the future – despite all the advances of foresight – are still little more than adaptations of the past.

Yevgeny Gontmakher, Leonid Grigoryev, Tatiana Maleva: The Middle Class and Russian Modernization

April 14, 2008

In any discussion, scholars and politicians enthusiastically agree that a developed middle class must be a key factor in the stability of Russia’s democratic prospects. Everyone agrees that in reality, our middle class is small and weak, and that little is being done to address this situation. On the whole, Russia’s middle class “lost the battle for attention” during the transition period to both big business and the poor.

INSOR Management Board Member Ruslan Grinberg on Voice of Russia Radio Program “In the First Person”

March 19, 2008

A seminar was held yesterday at the Institute of Contemporary Development. The Institute of Contemporary Development is to a certain extent the brainchild of the newly elected president, Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev. The strongest component of this structure primarily consists of economic assessments. The seminar’s discussion was devoted to ways of utilizing our country’s advantages in the currently unstable global economic environment.

Forget Politics: What Russia and the EU need is a shared economic space

March 18, 2008

Politics is threatening investment and the growth of trade between Russia and the EU, says Igor Yurgens of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepeneurs. He explains how Russia's policymakers are trying to tackle the barriers that stand in the way of a better business relationship with Europe