Past eventInvitation Only

The Modernization of Russia: Possibilities and Limits

5 March 2010 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Chatham House, London


Alexander Voloshin, Chairman, Norilsk Nickel
Roger Munnings, KPMG and UK Special Trade Envoy to Russia
Professor Philip Hanson, Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House



Though mentioned by former President Putin as far back as 2000, the debate on Russian modernization has been reignited with a sense of urgency by his successor. The question remains, what type of modernization is desired, and what type of modernization is actually possible - both under the current political system and any other that may emerge: a broad modernization encompassing multiple spheres of Russian life - economic, social, cultural, technological, political? Or a more conservative modernization as espoused by the United Russia Party - encompassing economic growth with minimal risk? Or perhaps even a more authoritarian modernization with strong central government control, as articulated by the Kremlin's political strategist Vladislav Surkov?

Alexander Voloshin is well placed to tackle this subject having served at the heart of the Kremlin as Chief-of Staff to former President Putin, and now as Chairman of Russian industry giant, Norilsk Nickel.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.