Policy Memos by Eduard Ponarin

Eduard Ponarin 08-15-2013

В начале 90-х годов прошлого века многие представители российской элиты были сторонниками либеральных реформ, проводившихся в стране. Более того, идеи установления демократии и рыночной экономики в американском стиле пользовались популярностью и среди народа России....

Eduard Ponarin 08-05-2013

In the early 1990s, many members of the Russian elite were proponents of the country’s liberal reforms. Moreover, American-style democracy and market economics were popular among Russia’s general population. However, as Figure 1 shows, the generation of Russian elite...

Eduard Ponarin 07-23-2012

Tatarstan, an autonomous ethnic republic within the Russian Federation where traditionally Muslim Tatars make up just over half the population, was at the forefront of nationalist mobilization in the late 1980s...

Eduard Ponarin 07-23-2012

The United States—although it attracts many immigrants and students from all over the world and its lifestyle is widely emulated—is also an object of intense and widespread hatred. The apparent paradox, however, is hardly unique and is explainable according to some...

Eduard Ponarin 07-23-2012

More than sixty years ago, Russia experienced a radical ideological transition that in some respects strikingly resembles the processes taking place today. In the late twenties, Communist ideology in Russia was in a profound crisis. The austere and naive economic...

Eduard Ponarin 07-23-2012

Seemingly worried about recent trends in Russian government policies that call into question freedom of speech and private property, Anatoly Chubais--a pioneer of Russian economic reforms--suddenly declared this September that the government was unduly influenced by the ideas of Aleksandr...

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Eduard Ponarin 07-23-2012

Western policymakers and their scholarly advisers seem to focus primarily on the oligarchical interests of the Russian elite rather than on long-range societal processes. This memo is an attempt to assess the potential of ideational sources of Russian interests from...

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Eduard Ponarin 07-23-2012

At first glance, the probable political victory of the Primakov-Luzhkov duo in the wake of the failure of liberal reforms in Russia looks like a regressive return to the bureaucratic administrative system. However, as one looks closer into the reasons for the...

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About the author

Professor, Department of Sociology
Higher School of Economics, Moscow