Federal Political Council member of the Right Cause party, Director of the Centre for Post-Industrial Studies, publisher and editor of the Svobodnaya Mysl monthly. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club.
Previous positions: Consultant for the history and theory of socialism section at the magazine Kommunist of the Soviet Communist Party central committee (1991); Expert on economic problems of the parliamentary group of the Free Russia Party in the Supreme Council of the R.S.F.S.R. (1991-1992); specialist at the Moscow-based Inter-Bank Financial House joint-stock company (1992-1993); Deputy Director of a branch of the Kredit Moskva Commercial Bank (1993); Vice-President and (from 1995) First Deputy Chairman, then Chairman (1999) of the board of Moscow-Paris Bank; Founder and Head of the non-profit scientific organization Center for the Study of Post-Industrial Society, Moscow (1996); Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Svobodnaya Mysl magazine.
Author of 156 publications, and the books “Concerning the Theory of Post-Economic Social Formation” (1995); “Essays on the History of an Economic Social Formation”(1996); “Beyond the Limits of an Economic Society”(1999).
If you believe that the modern Russia is the product of the thousand-year history of the Russian people, it follows automatically that Russia is part of Europe. If you say that Russia is a melting pot for everyone, Russia should be considered a Eurasian country – not quite Europe and not quite Asia. Today’s Russia could be compared to Portugal if it had kept Brazil, or Britain if it still possessed North America.
It would be more logical to recognize only settler colonies as colonies per se and refer to all other results of expansion as dependencies. The loss of colonies is incomparably more dangerous for empires than the loss of dependencies. Trying to hold on to dependencies is meaningless, but to neglect the colonies is reckless.
Russia needs an anti-corruption law. Abuse of office is Russia’s biggest problem. Most corrupt officials not so much extort money, as do business under the laws that they themselves adopt. The State Duma is crowded with businessmen who lobby for the laws that serve their interests, and then revise them.
With its vast background of sponsoring failed regimes and absence of a colonial past, Russia could pioneer a sober-minded approach to economic humanitarian assistance and thus help the West overcome the guilt complex underlying its relationship with peripheral countries. In return, Moscow would come closer to the West and save billions of dollars in economic modernization and social improvements.
Instead of establishing a new state-owned corporation, the government should take a completely different approach to making Siberia and the Far East prosperous. Russia is a natural balancing force in the region, rather than just China’s sidekick. Yet, for some reason, this is more evident when the situation is viewed from Siberia rather than from Moscow
If the current leaders want Russia to regain its status, they should consider using economic planning. In recent years, economic development plans have been replaced with all kinds of programs and strategies. The Chinese leadership does not make longer-term plans, because they believe that this undermines performance discipline and responsibility.