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ACTIVITIES

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. 

Programme

 

0830-0900

Registration and coffee

 

0900-0910

Opening remarks by IFS Director Kjell Inge Bjerga

 

0910-1040

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”

 

1040-1055

Coffee break

 

1055-1225

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”

 

 

1225-1310

Lunch

 

1310-1420

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”

 

 

 

1420-1430

Closing remarks