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Updated April 18, 2019

Speeches and Articles

Key Findings from Dialog-Europe-Russia Meeting

May 31, 2011

In cooperation with the Moscow Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR) and the EU-Russia Industrialists’ Round Table (IRT), Dialog-Europe-Russia (DER) organised a seminar to discuss important issues related to the EU-Russia Partnership for Modernisation. The meeting was held in Moscow on 31 May 2011 at the premises of INSOR, and was dedicated to:

  • The reform of vocational training in Russia
  • The reform of the pensions system in Russia and Central East European countries
  • The way towards the forthcoming admission of Russia to the OECD

In addition, the discussion on two topics addressed at a preceding DER seminar (Brussels, 24 February 2011) was resumed at the beginning of the Moscow seminar.

INSOR Analytical Note: Foreign Investment in Russia

May 24, 2011

If we were to sum up in one all-encompassing phrase the current situation in the Russian economy in general, and with investment in particular, it would be this: the time has come for the strategic selection of a long-term development model. In INSOR’s recent report proposing a strategic agenda for 2012, we conclude that the global economic crisis has rendered the economic algorithm of the 2000s unviable. It is not possible to re-enter the normalcy of the old economic order and achieve a GDP growth rate average of 6.9% and annual increases in real income for the population of 20-30%.

Politics Open to the People

May 11, 2011

On May 11, the Russian newspaper Gazeta published the following commentary by Boris Makarenko, Chairman of the Center for Political Technologies and Director for Social and Political Development at the Institute of Contemporary Development.

“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

Igor Yurgens: I see a number of key qualities in Medvedev

April 5, 2011

An interview with INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens was published in Nezavisimaya Gazeta on April 5. Yurgens discusses the institute’s recent report Attaining the Future, prospects for a center-right party on the Russian political arena and why he supports a second term for the current president of Russia. Below is a condensed translation of the interview.

Libya: Four Factors Working against Gaddafi

March 21, 2011

Commentary by Boris Makarenko, Director for Social and Political Development

Published in Vedomosti on March 21, 2011 

Today’s confrontation between the West and the overlord of Tripoli has all the usual motifs: the fight against barbarism and the overcoming of one’s own shame.

Igor Yurgens: Medvedev Is Not Gorbachev

March 12, 2011

The weekly newspaper Rossiyskiye Vesti published an interview with Igor Yurgens, chairman of the executive committee of the Institute of Contemporary Development, about the prospects for the Russian presidential elections in 2012, possible candidates and scenarios for development of the country.

— Last year in an interview with our publication last year you announced that you are proponent of a second presidential term for Dmitry Medvedev. Do you still hold this view?

INSOR Report on Petrochemical Industry Now Available in English

March 3, 2011

The analytical report “Conditions and Prospects for Development of Petrochemical & Gas-Derived Chemicals Industry in the Russian Federation” was first presented at INSOR on December 21, 2010. Now an English translation of the report has been made available.

INSOR Chairman Speaks at CER Seminar

February 16, 2011

INSOR Management Chairman Igor Yurgens delivered the keynote speech at a seminar organized by the Centre for European Reform in London on February 16. In line with the seminar’s broad theme – the future of Russia – Yurgens’ remarks covered a wide range of issues – from obstacles for Russia’s modernization to the country’s WTO prospects and cooperation plans with the EU.

Mr. Yurgens noted that Russia’s modernization is influenced by two divergent forces: those seeking stability and an easy life and thus unprepared to take on uncomfortable reforms required for modernization; and those who assert that modernization is essential to maintain economic growth. Of these two groups, the first appears to have the most support.

Igor Yurgens: “In order to avoid riots, the young people from Manezh Square should be brought into politics”

January 17, 2011

The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda published an interview with INSOR Management Board Chairman Igor Yurgens on January 17.

Interview by Vladimir Vorsobin

On Skolkovo, Kudrin, and Class Emnity

– Igor Yuryevich, what happened in 2010 that is certain to come back to haunt us this year?

Experts Publish Concept for Modernizing Criminal Law in Economic Sphere

January 14, 2011

At the request of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, the Institute of Contemporary Development along with the Center for Legal and Economic Research brought together a group of leading legal experts, academics and economists to develop a Concept for Modernization of Criminal Law in the Economic Sphere. Co-authors of concept include Leonid Grigoriev, Alfred Zhalinsky, Viktor Zhuikov, Natalya Lopashenkova, Tamara Morschakova, Anatoly Naumov, Elena Novikova, Vladimir Radchenko, Mikhail Subbotin and Andrei Fedotov.