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

Speeches and Articles

Evgeny Gontmakher: The government has to face the harsh reality

March 11, 2009

Which event in Soviet history marked the beginning of the end for communism? It happened 27 years ago, when Mikhail Suslov, the chief Communist Party ideologist during the 1970s, died in January 1982. Those who subsequently filled his post - one after another in rapid succession - increasingly contributed their part to communism's demise. They included Yury Andropov, Vadim Medvedev and Alexander Yakovlev. My sincere thanks to all of them for quickly dismantling - willfully or not - the insane totalitarian system that they called "the workers' paradise."

Igor Yurgens: Russia Should Resolutely Assert its Position in Relations with the United States

February 11, 2009

Rossiyskie Vesti’s correspondent discussed Russian-American relations and their future development under the new U.S. president with Igor Yurgens, the chairman of the board of the Institute of Contemporary Development and the vice president of the Russian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs.

- How would you assess the first political steps and the staff appointments of the new U.S. president, Barack Obama?

Igor Yurgens on Bloomberg: This is not a theoretical exercise

February 10, 2009

Igor Yurgens visited Bloomberg’s studio in Moscow to discuss INSOR’s report “The Economic Crisis in Russia: Experts’ Assessment”, which was released February 9, 2009. He spoke in depth about the implications and risks of greater state involvement in the economy as the government swoops in to rescue troubled business during this period of crisis. A video broadcast of this broadcast can be viewed below.

Igor Yurgens: Russia in Time of Crisis

December 30, 2008

This interview was published on the website of Deutsche Welle on December 30, 2008
Deutsche Welle: Mr. Yurgens, you head the Institute of Contemporary Development, the Board of Trustee’s of which is chaired by President Dmitry Medvedev. Summing up the achievements this past year of the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, what would you highlight?
Igor Yurgens: In both domestic and foreign policy I can point to positive achievements that have been the result of Medvedev’s initiatives. There has been progress in judicial reforms. This might not be so evident as some of the changes are of a technical nature, but nonetheless judges are becoming increasingly independent and further removed from bureaucratic pressure.

Evgeny Gontmakher: Revisiting the Pension Issue

December 23, 2008

These comments were published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on December 23, 2008

On the eve of the First Russian Pension Forum, which took place a week ago in Moscow, experts believed that it would be largely devoted to significant adjustments to the new policies that concern the material well being of current and future pensioners. There were no sensations. But new questions did come to light. Health and Social Development Minister Tatiana Golikova stressed the need to return to insurance standards in the pension system. This approach is definitely correct. But let’s speculate on what the discussion should cover.

Evgeny Gontmakher: The Labor Market – Ready to Work

November 19, 2008

An expanded version of these comments was published in Vedomosti on November 19, 2008
Of the 55 points of the Cabinet’s plan to fight the windmills of the global financial crisis, only four concern the situation on Russia’s labor market.

Evgeny Gontmakher: Professional Turmoil

November 17, 2008

The article was published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on November 17, 2008.

It looks like the major layoffs at companies will start at the beginning of next year. People have already begun to receive notifications about staff reductions or the liquidation of operations. This concerns not only banks and insurance and investment companies but also the real sector of the economy.

Evgeny Gontmakher: Our Stock Market Already Dead

November 17, 2008

The interview was published in Novaya Gazeta on November 17, 2008
Today we are interviewing Evgeny Gontmakher, head of the Social Policy Center at the Institute of Economy of the RAS.
- Several days ago Vedomosti published your article “Novecherkassk-2009”, where you wrote that the financial crisis could generate not only economic problems, but also give rise to political instability.

Evgeny Gontmakher: An Address to the Young

November 6, 2008

These comments were published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta on November 6, 2008
In my view, President Dmitry Medvedev was addressing not the Federal Assembly but rather his own generation and the one that will follow it. He was addressing people who were born and grew up in the new Russia.
The president emphasized the development of intellect.