Past eventResearch Event

Agents of Russia's Modernisation

15 June 2010 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Chatham House, London



Dmitry Medvedev has sought to make the modernisation of Russia the centrepiece of his presidency. Billions of roubles, tax breaks and other incentives have been pledged to a new 'innovation city' in Skolkovo. The President has made strong statements on two of the major structural challenges facing the modernisation drive: rule of law and corruption. Sceptics argue that there has been little substantive change in these areas.

This half-day expert seminar, organised jointly by Chatham House and the Centre for Eastern European Language Based Area Studies, will examine the structural challenges to the modernisation agenda, and the possible drivers of innovation from above and below.

Key questions to be examined include: the capacity and limitations of state-led modernisation; prospects for entrepreneurialism and small business in Russia; and the capacity for economic growth within a closed political system - does modernisation require political liberalisation?

Attendance is by invitation only.