Public seminar: Russia between Modernization and Stability
Venue: Litteraturhuset in Oslo
Event date: 2 December 2021, 0900-1400
Registration will open here
Russia’s political stability depends on predictable and agreed-upon, but unwritten rules on how resources are distributed between the elites. This distribution system is the glue holding the ruling coalition together, preventing destructive 1990s-style infighting between the ‘clans’. However, it also prevents substantial modernization and stifles economic growth.
There is widespread agreement that something must be done, but the elites cannot agree on what and how. Not only is there no unifying vision of the future – powerful actors cannot even reach consensus on seeming technicalities, such as the distribution of radio frequencies.
At this conference, we bring together the RUSECOPOL team of researchers to discuss the implications of this power struggle as well as the conditions to reform the system. This event sums up the RUSECOPOL project.
Public seminar: Power and Economy under Putin and Beyond
Venue: Wergeland, Litteraturhuset in Oslo
Event date: 21 January 2020, 0900-1430
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Russia is faced with a dual, «creeping» crisis: economic decline and the succession problem. At this open seminar, the RUSECOPOL project has gathered leading international experts to address the ensuing fundamental questions:
How does the intra-elite battle for power and resources shape Russian politics?
And how do current policies influence power relations within the elite?
Under the surface of a stable regime, a multitude of actors within the power elite are struggling for power, resources, and, above all – the future of Russia. At the one extreme, wealthy businesspeople push for market reform and rapprochement with the West. At the other, ‘warriors’ see the West as an existential threat and favour a mobilizational economy under tight state control. This continuous power struggle shapes Russian policies on a daily basis and is key to understanding where Russia is heading when the Putin era is approaching its end.
Registration and coffee
Opening remarks by IFS Director Kjell Inge Bjerga
Panel 1: The Russian Ruling Elite and its Challenges
Chair: Helge Blakkisrud (Norwegian Institute for International Affairs)
Andrey Yakovlev (Higher School of Economics, Moscow): “The Ruling Elite in the Face of External Pressure and Lost Vision for the Future”
Ekaterina Schulmann (Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow): “Russia’s Ruling Class: the Bureaucrats, the Commissars and the Agents”
Geir Flikke (University of Oslo): “The Role of Political and Professional Organizations in the Struggle for Reform”
Panel 2: State-Business Relations in Russia
Chair: Arild Moe (Fridtjof Nansen Institute)
Ingvill Moe Elgsaas (Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo): “State-Business Relations in the Murmansk Region”
Ingerid Opdahl (Institute for Defence Studies): “A Strong State in the Russian Arctic? Tasking Oil and Gas Companies for Regional Development”
Janis Kluge (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin): “The Role of Business Elites in Russia’s Turn to the East”
Panel 3: Informal Actors in Russian Politics
Chair: Håvard Bækken (Institute for Defence Studies)
Jardar Østbø (Institute for Defence Studies): “Outsourcing Great Powerhood? The Non-State Element in Russia’s African Strategy”
Mark Galeotti (Institute for International Relations Prague): “Problems, Proxies, Partners: Organised Crime and Kremlin Policy at Home and Abroad”