INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated April 18, 2019

Speeches and Articles

New Powers and the Status Quo

April 18, 2012

INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens penned an op-ed for Nezavisimaya Gazeta, commenting on the main items of the agenda of the Council of Councils, a new organization bringing together analytical centers from around the world to discuss issues of global importance.

Igor Yurgens: “Progress is possible, but public dialogue is prerequisite.”

March 12, 2012

The online foreign affairs journal The National Interest published an opinion piece by INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens on the outcome of the recent presidential elections in Russia and what this means for Russia’s future.

INSOR Chairman Suggests Institution of Vice Presidency Might Be Appropriate for Russia

February 6, 2012

In an article published in Izvestiya on Monday, February 6, INSOR Management Chairman Igor Yurgens remarked that the institution of a vice president might be a welcome improvement to the Russian political system. It would make the political system more stable and could perhaps be offered to Dmitry Medvedev, Yurgens suggested, to ensure follow-up on long-promised reforms of the legislative and judicial systems.

The Third Democratic: The Baggage We Take to the Next Revolution

January 26, 2012

In an opinion piece for the newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Igor Yurgens reflects on the failures of previous attempts to liberalize the political system of Russia and writes about the challenges facing today’s pro-democracy forces.

Democrats should make makes sacrifices

Don’t sit in blogs but rather make a concerted effort to build a new party

No Simple Solutions

December 22, 2011

The future requires more than simple solutions. The authorities, both today’s and tomorrow’s, lack an integrated strategy

The title of INSOR’s report Attaining the Future published last April as it now turns out precisely reflected the main demand of Russian society as expressed in the recent elections: it not only wants to know its future, it also wants to influence how and where the authorities are directing it. The problem here lies in the fact that the authorities neither wanted to nor were able to sense and hear this.

BRICS Coming to the Rescue

November 4, 2011

The leaders of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India China and South America) met during the G20 summit and agreed to develop a consolidated position with regard to the economic situation in the European Union and a plan for overcoming the debt crisis.

Georgy Panin of Rossiyskaya Gazeta spoke with Nikita Maslennikov, an advisor of the Institute of Contemporary Development, about the steps that the BRICS could take to help the eurozone.

Igor Yurgens: The Lobby of Conservatives and Stabilizers Proved Stronger and Large

October 18, 2011

Igor Yurgens, chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR), talked with Kommersant’s commentator Viktor Khamrayev about why progressive forces lost to the conservatives. The interview was published in the newspaper on October 18.

— So then, the game has itself played out. The outcome of the elections, both the Duma and presidential, is quite obvious. The results are predetermined. We just have to wait until voting day so that Russians can add the finishing touches.

Igor Yurgens: The Main Problem in Security Cooperation between the East and the West Is the Value Divide

August 19, 2011

Global Policy Forum 2011, which this year focuses on the theme "The Modern State in the Age of Diversity", will be held September 7-8. The website of the forum published an interview with Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, one of the organizers of the forum.


The Evolutionary Path to Modernity

August 8, 2011

“In planning the strategy for long-term social-economic development, indispensible parameters include the gradual state-managed and state-directed liberalization of public and political life, and development of political pluralism and civilized forms of participation for citizens and business in the political life of the country” – with these words concluded INSOR’s report from three years ago titled Democracy: Development of Russia’s Model.

Time for Medvedev to Cross the Rubicon

July 27, 2011

In an editorial in Vedomosti on July 27, INSOR’s Yevgeny Gontmakher and Igor Yurgens warn that Dmitry Medvedev’s refusal to continue his presidency would cause a massive crisis in Russia.