Russian Social Sciences under State Pressure

Russian Social Sciences under State Pressure

Irina Meyer (Olimpieva)

Irina Meyer (Olimpieva)

Senior Researcher at Center for Independent Social Research
Irina Olimpieva works at the Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia as a senior researcher and the Head of the Research Department “Social Studies of the Economy”. She received her PhD in Economic Sociology from the St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance. Her basic research interests are in the field of economic sociology with a particular focus on post-socialist transformation.
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BY IRINA MEYER (OLIMPIEVA) On June 23, 2017, the Board of Trustees of the European University in St. Petersburg accepted the resignation of the rector, Oleg Kharkhordin. The EUSP is a private (non-state) Russian university operating as a graduate school…

Our Man in Washington

Our Man in Washington

Andrey Babitskiy

Andrey Babitskiy

Andrey Babitskiy, an independent journalist, columnist at Vedomosti Daily and contributor to the opinion platform InLiberty, has been covering Russian economy, politics and the country's tech industry for the past 10 years. He has served as deputy editor-in-chief at Esquire magazine and headed opinion pages at Forbes Russia.
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BY ANDREY BABITSKIY There is a fashionable line of thought that has Russia pulling the strings in major democracies on both sides of the Atlantic. FBI director James Comey recently confirmed an ongoing investigation into Russian alleged interference in the…

The Art of Being a Problem

The Art of Being a Problem

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV Preparation for a U.S.-Russia summit that could happen before the G20 meeting in July is in full swing, Russia’s state-run media report. Even a venue has been discussed: Putin himself had said that his first meeting with…

Russia and China: A Strange Case of Convergence

Russia and China: A Strange Case of Convergence

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Associate Director, Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University
Chris Miller is associate director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale and a fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. His book The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR was published in 2016.
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BY CHRIS MILLER After every meeting between Chinese president Xi Jinping and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the two sides issue warm statements and stress their growing cooperation. Especially since the war in Ukraine began in 2014, Russia has tacked ever…

The Year Putin Won

The Year Putin Won

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Maxim Trudolyubov

Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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BY MAXIM TRUDOLYUBOV The year 2016 felt like the third year since 2014 rather than, say, the 25th since the collapse of the Soviet Union. When peering into Russia’s future from a Russian vantage point, one has to mark the…

Putin’s Economic Views Keep Russia Poor but Stable

Putin’s Economic Views Keep Russia Poor but Stable

Boris Grozovsky

Boris Grozovsky

Boris Grozovski is a prominent Russian journalist writing about the country's economy and development. His work has appeared in Forbes Russia, InLiberty, the Moscow Times, the New Times, Vedomosti Daily, penRussia and others. In 2002-2008 and 2014-2015 he held various editorial positions at Vedomosti Daily (correspondent, economics editor, opinion page editor). Since 2011, Boris Grozovsky has been involved in various education and public speaking projects. He has been organizing public lectures and discussions, summer and winter schools for the Gaidar Foundation and the Sakharov Center. Grozovsky has also worked with the Naumann Foundation, the InLiberty opinion platform, and the Moscow School of Civic Education. He teaches business journalism at the Moscow State University and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.
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BY BORIS GROZOVSKY Russia’s economic performance has not looked encouraging for the past eight years. GDP has grown a meager 0.2 percent a year on average between 2009 and 2016. The country’s GDP has declined from its peak of over…

Be Careful What You Wish For, Mr. Putin

Be Careful What You Wish For, Mr. Putin

Stephen Crowley

Stephen Crowley

Stephen Crowley is a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Professor of Politics at Oberlin College, where he is Chair of the programs in Russian & East European Studies, and Peace & Conflict Studies. He has written widely on labor politics and labor protest in Russia and Eastern Europe, including in the Donbass region of Ukraine. He is currently writing a book on labor politics in Putin’s Russia.
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Without the US to blame, Putin must face the sad state of Russia’s economy BY STEPHEN CROWLEY The stormy debate over the Russian computer hacks, the complicity of the Kremlin, and whether they threw the election for Trump will continue…

Русский вопрос в Сент-Луисе: «зачем Хиллари пошла на эти дебаты?»

Русский вопрос в Сент-Луисе: «зачем Хиллари пошла на эти дебаты?»

Sergey Parkhomenko

Sergey Parkhomenko

Sergey Parkhomenko is Russian journalist, publisher, and editorialist, founder of several projects aimed at developing civic activism and promoting liberal values in Russia. Former political reporter, commentator andat popular daily newspapers; founder and first editor-in-chief (1995-2001) of 'Itogi', Russia's first current affairs weekly, published in cooperation with Newsweek; editor-in-chiefof several publishing houses producing translated fiction andnon-fiction literature; editor-in-chief of 'Vokrug Sveta', Russia's oldestmonthly magazine. Since August 2003 Parkhomenko has been presenting 'Sut' Sobytyi' ('Crux of the Matter') on Radio Echo of Moscow, a weekly programme making sense of the events of the past week. Parkhomenko was instrumental in organizing mass rallies in Moscow in Winter 2011 – Spring 2012. He organized the 'Vse v sud!' ('Go to court!') a civic campaign helping people to file lawsuits against widespread election rigging. One of the founders of 'Dissernet' ('DissertationWeb'),a network community dedicated to exposure of dissertation plagiarism, and “Posledny Adres” ("Last Address") civil campaign helping people to create a collective memorial dedicated to the victims of political repression in the Soviet Union and Russia.
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СЕРГЕЙ ПАРХОМЕНКО Read in English Когда в конце минувшей недели я похвастался в своем фейсбуке, что мне, вероятно, предстоит полететь в Сент-Луис, где пройдет второй раунд дебатов между Хиллари Клинтон и Дональдом Трампом, и там присутствовать непосредственно «на поле сражения»,…

The Tin God behind the Ice Curtain: Observing the State in Russia’s Far East

The Tin God behind the Ice Curtain: Observing the State in Russia’s Far East

David Ramseur

David Ramseur

A former journalist, David Ramseur is writing a book on Alaska-Russian relations for the University of Alaska Press, scheduled for publication in Fall 2017. He worked to melt the Alaska-Russian “Ice Curtain” as a top aide to Alaska Governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles and U.S. Senator Mark Begich. Currently a visiting scholar in public policy at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Ramseur was a volunteer media advisor to Nizhny Novgorod Governor Boris Nemtsov in 1993.
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By David Ramseur Major A.H. Polosen was not smiling. The stern Border Guard officer – a member of the notorious Russian Federal Security Bureau (FSB) – boarded our bus in the remote Russian Bering Sea village of Lavrentiya demanding our…

The Education of the Kremlin Elites

The Education of the Kremlin Elites

Maxim Trudolyubov
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Senior Fellow at Kennan Institute
Maxim Trudolyubov, Senior Fellow with the Kennan Institute and editor-at-large with Vedomosti, has been following Russian economy and politics since the late 1990s. He has served as an opinion page editor for Vedomosti and editor and correspondent for the newspaper Kapital. He is the author of Me and My Country: A Common Cause (2011) and People Behind the Fence (2016). He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007, was a Yale World Fellow in 2009, and was a Nieman fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.
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By Maxim Trudolyubov Few longtime insiders have left their coveted positions during Putin’s first 15 years in power. If anything, they were climbing the Kremlin ranks and Forbes rich-man tables. Now they’re leaving in droves. The received wisdom that President…