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

Speeches and Articles

Presentation of Report on Russia’s Economic Interests and Goals in the CIS

March 4, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a press conference marking a publication of the report "Russia’s Economic Interests and Goals in the CIS”.

The report was presented by Chairman of the Institute's Board Igor Yurgens and Director for International Development Sergey Kulik.

INSOR Presents Report "Russia in the 21st Century: Vision for the Future"

February 18, 2010

The Institute of Contemporary Development has published its most recent report in Russian and English

Россия XXI века: образ желаемого завтра (Russian Version)

Russia in the 21st century: Vision for the future (English version)

Igor Yurgens: From the Vertical to the Horizontal – Modernization can not be postponed, even if the crisis continues for another few years

November 24, 2009

These comments were published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta Recently journalists have asked me whether it would be better to deal with the crisis first and then focus on modernization, or even whether it would be better to refrain from overextending our resources all together. It is, of course, logical to tackle issues step by step. The Ministry of Economic Development expects the economy to grow by 3% in 2010. The implication is therefore that we can start the mass modernization of the economy in 2011-2012. Unfortunately, we do not have time for such formalities – either practically or politically. While observing the audience at the Kremlin’s Georgievsky Hall during the presidential address, I noticed many skeptical expressions.

Igor Yurgens: President Medvedev's Address Was a “Message to the Thinking”

November 13, 2009

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

The President made clear what he means by Russia’s modernization

My impressions from the address are very positive. It was a profound, well thought-through address aimed at explaining the meaning of modernization as we are all asking ourselves this question and each sees it differently.

INSOR Presents Report: “The Russian Economy: From Crisis to Modernization”

September 18, 2009

The Institute of Contemporary Development released its report “The Russian Economy: From Crisis to Modernization” on September 18.

The report was presented by its authors: INSOR Chairman Igor Yurgens, INSOR Management Board Member and Head of Department for Social-Economic Development Issues Evgeny Gontmakher, and INSOR advicors Nikita Maslennikov and Andrei Blokhin.

Igor Yurgens: Modernization’s success depends on the extent to which the Russian government manages to handle two functions at once: that of “strategic reformer” and “arbiter.”

September 10, 2009

If Russia fails to begin its modernization today, then tomorrow it risks becoming a third-world country.

The bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers is considered to mark the start of the world financial crisis, which later turned into a global economic crisis.

It was officially announced on September 15, 2008. New sentiments began to gain momentum in the world economy. There were times when it seemed that the “snowballing” crisis would not slow down any time soon.
Nearly a year has passed. In mid-August, chief IMF economist Olivier Blanchard declared that the economic recovery had begun, but that it would not be simple: “The crisis has left deep scars, which will affect both supply and demand for many years to come.”

Life is coming back…

Igor Yurgens: “A compromise will need to be reached between filling state coffers and developing the economy”

May 27, 2009

The president’s address on budget priorities contains guidelines for financial and economic policies over the next three years. Looking at it more broadly, it also provides the orientation for all activities the country’s top economic leaders will undertake. In times of crisis, the role and importance of this document is rather substantial.

Igor Yurgens: Alliances and Mismarriages - What can we expect from London G20 summit?

April 1, 2009

The G20 summit, opening tomorrow in London and comprising the leaders of the world’s leading economies, is being held amidst a rather complicated economic situation. Trade between countries is falling and markets are shrinking. The USA – the world’s leading economy – is experiencing a deep crisis. This year it will result in a reduction of the country’s GDP by over 2%. Forecasts for Eurozone dynamics are similar.

Igor Yurgens: It is vital to start developing and encouraging any forms of “democracy of trust”

March 13, 2009

There is only one way to tackle all economic crisis – hard work. The task of the state and “business captains” is extremely easy here – to motivate each person for hard work, to support those left behind under the changing economic conditions and to encourage those, who work well.