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

Speeches and Articles

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.

Finding Strength in Weakness

January 11, 2011

The resource sectors should become the driver of innovation for Russia

Commentary by Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, in Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Without turning away from the priorities set a year and a half ago, today we should lay out a practical approach to Economic Modernization – Part 2, which will completely encompass and draw from our main resources and competitive advantages.

Stimulating Added Value in the Russian Oil and Gas Sector [INSOR Report]

December 21, 2010

Excerpt from the analytical report “Conditions and Prospects for Development of the Petrochemical Industry in the Russian Federation” present at INSOR on December 21, 2010. This report was produced by the Institute of Contemporary Development together with the Institute of Energy and Finance. (The full report in Russian can be viewed here.)

Authors: Vladimir Feigin (coordinator), Oleg Braginsky, Sergei Zabolotsky, Igor Kukushkin, Andrei Maevsky, Nikita Maslennikov and Yuri Rykov

Next, a NATO-Russia Strategic Concept

November 18, 2010


Published in the New York Times on November 18, 2010

NATO and Russia share more security concerns today than at any point since the Cold War. These include instability in Afghanistan and the neighboring region, escalation of regional conflicts, proliferation of WMD and missile technology, and the threats posed by terrorist networks, organized crime and other non-state actors.

In these and other areas Russia and NATO may not always have identical interests, but invariably their cooperation makes it easier to achieve important overlapping policy objectives.

5 Ways to Bring NATO and Russia Together

November 17, 2010

On November 19 in Lisbon, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation will adopt a new Strategic Concept identifying its purpose and priorities for the decade ahead.  The credibility of this exercise will be significantly boosted if a day later on November 20th, NATO and Russia can agree on a strategic concept of their own, paving the way for a genuine transformation of NATO-Russia relations – free of empty declarations and rhetorical overtures.    Such a NATO-Russia concept should foster a mutual commitment to eliminating lingering threat perceptions between Russia and all NATO states; at the same time, it should develop effective practical tools for cooperation in addressing common threats and challenges whereve

Igor Yurgens: IMF problems to be settled in a civilised way. Russia supports IMF quota reform

October 28, 2010

Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development.

Russia supports the revision of IMF quotas in accordance with the resolutions of the G-20 summit in Pittsburg, though it will not gain any immediate economic benefit from the reform. 

President Medvedev: "Relations in Europe and the Euro-Atlantic parameter of those relations is one of the most important aspects of Russian foreign policy."

October 20, 2010

Igor Yurgens, Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, took part in the meeting of the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev with participants of Munich Conference on Security Policy held in Moscow. Participants on the Russian side also included Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Presidential Aide Sergey Prikhodko, Chairman of the State Duma International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev, Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko and Russia’s Permanent Envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.

Igor Yurgens: Modernization to Help Russia Preserve Its Identity

September 21, 2010

Rossiiskie Vesti published an interview with Igor Yurgens:

How shall Russia develop its relations with NATO? The Russian media quotes you as saying that Russia is to join the Alliance.