INSOR Russia: Institute of Contemporary Development
Updated September 26, 2019


German-Russian Expert Forum on Social Policy Held in Moscow

November 21, 2012

The annual German-Russian expert forum Formation of Social Policy held on Moscow focused on forms of participation for civil society in state budgeting processes. The forum was organized jointly by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) and the Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR) with the participation of the Civil Initiatives Committee.

Representatives of the Russian side at the forum included INSOR Management Board Member Evgeny Gontmakher, former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, former Russian Minister of Labor and Social Development Alexander Pichinok and INSOR advisor Nikita Maslennikov, among others.

First Council of Councils Regional Conference Held in Singapore

October 31, 2012


Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens spoke at Council of Councils regional conference: “Asia at the Crossroad: Regional Priorities for the Twenty First Century.” The conference was organized jointly by the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS, Singapore) and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR, USA).

The Real Agenda: The Putin Doctrine

October 19, 2012


Evgeny Gontmakher, a member of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, wrote an editorial commentary for the newspaper Vedomosti published on October 19, 2012.

The doctrine that has formed in Putin's mind can be read if a number of significant events are analyzed.

Quite recently, it was commonly accepted among critics of Vladimir Putin that he was a very skilled tactician, but not much of a strategist. We might recall, for example:

- The sad fate of the "Gref program" commissioned by him;

Can Economic Growth Be Socially Inclusive and Environmentally Sustainable?

August 17, 2012

On August 17, Igor Yurgens participated in the Trilogue Salzburg 2012. This forum brings together political and corporate decision-makers, social entrepreneurs and visionaries, and leading think tank representatives from around the world.

The Trilogue Salzburg has been jointly organized since 2007 by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs.

Igor Yurgens: We Need a Party of Liberal-Statists

August 10, 2012


A correspondent from the weekly Rossiyskie Vesti spoke with Chairman of the Management Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development Igor Yurgens about the current political situation in the country and how it might develop as well as about Russia’s foreign policy.


— We last met long before the presidential elections, before the nomination of a candidate by United Russia. The people have spoken and a new political reality has emerged. Characterize, if you could, the current situation in the country.


Russia and EU: Strategic partnership at a crossroads

July 13, 2012

The European vector of Russia’s foreign policy has been one of the most intensive, most problematic and most promising. And it seems reasonable to assume that this will remain so for the foreseeable future.

The Institute of Contemporary Development presented in July the results of a study of the main areas of Russia-EU (Moscow-Brussels) relations for the past decade. The study, authored INSOR’s Director for International Development Sergei Kulik, is a sort of reference book, including general overviews, forecasts and recommendations.

A copy of the report in Russian is available here.


Baltic Forum Convenes in Jurmala

May 28, 2012

The Baltic Forum, an international nongovernmental organization, held its annual conference in Latvia on May 25-26. The event was organized in cooperation with Institute of Contemporary Development, a partner of the Baltic Forum.


The conference was dedicated to pressing and complex issues on the global agenda, in particular, questions related to instability in the Middle East, the impact of internal political changes in a number of key states on the development of international security dialog and responses to economic challenges, the impact of the Eurozone crisis on the situation globally and regionally and on relations with Russia and its Asian partners, in particular.


To the NATO Summit

May 17, 2012


Improving Financial Literacy in Russia: How Can a National Strategy Be Developed?

April 13, 2012

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a roundtable titled Improving Financial Literacy in Russia: How Can a National Strategy Be Developed? The event was organized by Russian National Association of Securities Market Participants (NAUFOR), the Committee for the Development of Pension Systems and Social Insurance of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and Econometric Unit VEDI.

Experts Consider New Options for Electing Senators to the Federation Council

April 11, 2012

On April 10 the Federation Council hosted a roundtable lead by Nikolai Fedorov, Chairman of the Committee for Constitutional Legislation, Judicial and Legal Issues. The theme of the roundtable was “Prospects for a New Procedure for Forming the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.”