President Medvedev has set off a vigorous debate over Russia's future development. Reform and modernisation are high on the agenda; however whilst the challenges are well articulated, there is as yet no practical manifesto for transforming the economy, increasing innovation, reducing corruption, and strengthening the rule of law. In particular, it is unclear how economic dynamism can be achieved without political reform, to which the elite are resolutely opposed.
Grigory Yavlinsky will discuss the current reform programme and the role the opposition can play in renewing Russia. Mr Yavlinsky has been the most prominent representative of the democratic political opposition in Russia and a consistent advocate of market reform and liberal democracy.
Grigory Yavlinsky was the Founder and Chairman (1993-2008) of Yabloko, the first democratic political party in Russia. From 1993 to 2003 he was a member of the Duma. In 1990 he was Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and author of the first programme for transition to a market economy.
Attendance is by invitation only.
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