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Dmitry Medvedev's Conservative Modernization: Reflections on the Yaroslavl Speech

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On September 11, 2010, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev addressed the Global Policy Forum in Yaroslavl. This speech took place almost exactly a year after his programmatic article, Forward Russia!, which launched his national project of gradual but far-reaching modernization. Developments over the past year have made the ideology of this project more clear, but there has also been a growing divide between cautious optimists and critics who see it as empty talk serving to legitimize the current regime. The Yaroslavl Forum was also interpreted along those lines, with many arguing that it was nothing but a propaganda event. [...]

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Professor, EU–Russia Studies
University of Tartu, Estonia