Since the end of the 1990s, Russian President Vladimir Putin has worked with a cadre of oligarchs to secure political and economic power in Russia. Dr. Anders Åslund, a leading expert on post-Soviet economies and societies, served as a senior adviser to the Russian government from 1991-1994, working under President Boris Yeltsin and Acting Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar to transition the Soviet economy to a democratic and capitalist system. As the foundation was laid for what would become the modern Russian system—dubbed “crony capitalism”—Åslund had a front-row seat to the Kremlin’s decision-making process, and has unique insight into the forces and personalities at this critical moment in Russia’s history.
This event is designed to be a question-and-answer session, with viewers highly encouraged to submit their questions for Dr. Åslund to answer live. The discussion is moderated by Eurasia Center Deputy Director Melinda Haring.
Anders Åslund is a resident senior fellow in the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. He also teaches at Georgetown University. He is a leading specialist on economic policy in Russia, Ukraine, and East Europe. Dr. Åslund has served as an economic adviser to several governments, notably the governments of Russia (1991-94) and Ukraine (1994-97). He has published widely and is the author of fourteen books, most recently Russia’s Crony Capitalism: The Path from Market Economy to Kleptocracy
Tue, Mar 31, 2020
March 30 was a big day for Ukraine with major changes in parliament that reversed the anti-reform backlash underway in the country since March 4 and provided President Zelenskyy with fresh political momentum as the coronavirus crisis escalates.
UkraineAlert by Anders Åslund
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