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


INSOR Head Speaks on Russia’s Modernization Outlook

June 29, 2011

Igor Yurgens, Management Board Chairman of the Institute for Contemporary Development, spoke on the prospects for Russian modernization at an EU-Russia Centre breakfast on 29 June. Yurgens said that all major players in Russia recognized the imperative of modernization. The debate was more about the speed and nature of modernization. There was a conservative camp emphasizing stability and a more progressive camp emphasizing reform.

Medvedev was convinced of the need for a comprehensive modernization covering all aspects of Russian society. Without political freedom it would be impossible to reform successfully.

INSOR Hosts Roundtable on Social and Labor Issues

June 22, 2011

On June 22, the Institute of Contemporary Development held a roundtable titled Acquiring the Future: Strategy 2012 – Social and Labor Relations. The event was organized together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Participants of the roundtable included representatives of unions, employer associations, expert and academics working in the field of labor relations from both Russia and Germany. The discussion touched upon such issues as the Russian and German labor markets, labor legislation of both countries and public dialog on labor relations.

State Spending Watchdog Site Publishes Report on State Contracts

June 21, 2011

As world experience has shown, transparency in government implies not only the access of information for citizens but also the efficacy of the instruments of access and the quality of the information itself. And this is particularly true in relation to issues concerning the expenditure of state funds.

In 2010 the Institute of Contemporary Development initiated a project called RosGosZatraty (Russian State Expenditures –, the aim of which is to provide transparency and accountability of state bodies with regard to all types of state expenditures – state orders, contracts and grants. Today this project includes all information about purchases from 2007 to 2010 and work is underway to enter data for 2011.

Partnership Strategy for World Bank and Russia Discussed at INSOR

June 10, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development held an expert discussion of the main areas of the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) for the Russian Federation. The CPS for Russia lays out the main areas of cooperation and the aims of this cooperation between the Russian government and the World Bank Group for 2012-2015.

Zeljko Bogetic, Lead Economist of the World Bank Group for Russia, gave a presentation on The Partnership Strategy of the Russian Federation and World Bank for 2012-2015 in which he indicated the partnership strategy with Russia, instruments for it implementation and possible areas for cooperation.

Russian-US High-Level Group Meets in Moscow

June 7, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a meeting of the Russian-US High Level Group, which was created by the Institute and the US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The joint coordinators of the group are INSOR Chairman Igor Yurgens and CFR President Richard Haas.

On June 6 and June 7 the group met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Russian Presidential Aide Sergei Prikhodko and First Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Vladimir Bulavin, among others.

Russia-EU: The Modernization Agenda

May 31, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development hosted a seminar on Russia-EU: The Modernization Agenda. The event was jointly organized by INSOR, the EU-Russia Industrial Roundtable (IRT) and the Europe-Russia Dialog Forum (headquartered in Vienna). The later was organized at the initiative of INSOR, IRT and former Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel for the discussion of topical and prospective issues related to cooperation and the development of proposals for the leadership of Russia, the European Union and its member states aimed at the development and strengthening of cooperation between Russia and the European Union.

Preparatory Meeting for Global Policy Forum Held in Riga

May 27, 2011

The preparatory meeting of the Global Security and Local Conflicts section of the Global Policy Forum (to be held September 7-8, 2011 in Yaroslavl) took place at the House of Blackheads in Riga on May 27. More than 200 guests and experts participated in the preparatory meeting.

State and Business Representatives Meet for Roundtable on Criminal Law

May 25, 2011

A roundtable of government officials and representatives of the business community was held at the Alexander House in Moscow on May 25. Participants included members of the presidential administration, State Duma deputies, politicians, entrepreneurs from not only big business but small and mid-sized enterprises as well, and members of the expert community.

The panelists discussed issues related to a new state criminal law policy in the economic sphere, among them:

Attaining the Future: Strategy 2012 Presented in Brussels

May 19, 2011

Members of INSOR's Management Board where in Brussels on May 4 for a presentation of the institute's report Attaining the Future: Strategy 2012 at the initiative of the Moscow and Brussels offices of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. The presentation took place in the form of a roundtable discussion with the participation of deputies from the European Parliament, representatives of research centers focusing on Russia-EU relations as well as representatives of European foundations. Among the participants from the Russian side was Vladimir Chizhov, Russia’s representative to the European Union and NATO.

INSOR Conference Generates Further Public Discussion and Feedback on 2012 Strategy Report

May 18, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary Development held a conference called Attaining the Future: Dialogues, the main focus of which was the institute’s report Attaining the Future: Strategy 2012. The event entailed both 'big picture' and detailed commentary on the report, which has been actively discussed in the media for nearly two months now.