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March 14, 2018

Whither the Russian economy?

Henry Jackson Society

TIME:  17:00 – 18:00, Wednesday 14th March 2018

VENUE: Committee Room 4, House of Lords, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A OPA


Dr. Sergei Guriev
Chief Economist,
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Russia’s economy is in trouble. Over recent years, the country has been through a recession and the ruble has lost half of its value (although it has rebounded since). But while the economy is stagnating, it is not falling apart. Many Russians remember times when it was in a much worse state. President Vladimir Putin has used his government’s extensive control over information to convince Russians that the economy does not matter, and that standing up to the West is more important. Putin’s approval rating have been consistently high during the past couple of years, and on the eve of Russia’s presidential election – on March 18 – it stands at 82 percent.

By kind invitation of Chris Bryant MP, The Henry Jackson Society and The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia are delighted to welcome Dr. Sergei Guriev who will offer his thoughts on Russia’s economy, the impact and effectiveness of Western sanctions, and the impact of all of this on politics.

Dr. Sergei Guriev

Dr. Sergei Guriev joined EBRD in 2016 after running the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13 and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris in 2013-16. In 2006, Sergei was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2009-11, he was included in the top 100 of the President of Russia’s Cadre Reserve. In 2016-17 Sergei has served as the President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. As the EBRD’s Chief Economist, Sergei is responsible for advising the President and other senior members of the Bank’s management team on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance pertaining to the EBRD region.