september 13–17, 2017

Russia – Domestic Perspective:
Back at the Ranch – Russian Politics
and Society

Alena Ledeneva, PhD

Professor of Politics and Society
School of Slavonic and East European Studies of University College London

Alena Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of University College London in the UK. She is an internationally renowned expert on informal governance in Russia. Her research interests include corruption, informal economy, economic crime, informal practices in corporate governance, and the role of networks and patron-client relationships in Russia and around the globe. Professor Ledeneva described Russia as a “hybrid” regime, combining elements of democracy and authoritarianism. She pointed out that Russia’s huge geography, difficult climate, and poor infrastructure do not support a successful market-economy. However, despite economic realities, Russians believe in an ideal of national greatness based on their history.

Professor Ledeneva’s presentation shed light on current Russian attitudes toward the US, as well as internal Russian politics that may impact US States. She reported that a non-intervention treaty to restrict both the US and Russia from meddling in international affairs, planting fake news, and manipulating through false information would be a step toward reducing the US-Russia tension. A second step would be increasing trade between Russia and the US, which today is only 10% of that between Russia and Europe, and recognition of Russia as an important WWII ally, who lost 20M Russians in defeating fascism.

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september 13–17, 2017

Russia – Domestic Perspective:
Back at the Ranch – Russian Politics and Society

Alena Ledeneva, PhD

Professor of Politics and Society
School of Slavonic and East European Studies of University College London

Alena Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of University College London in the UK. She is an internationally renowned expert on informal governance in Russia. Her research interests include corruption, informal economy, economic crime, informal practices in corporate governance, and the role of networks and patron-client relationships in Russia and around the globe. Professor Ledeneva described Russia as a “hybrid” regime, combining elements of democracy and authoritarianism. She pointed out that Russia’s huge geography, difficult climate, and poor infrastructure do not support a successful market-economy. However, despite economic realities, Russians believe in an ideal of national greatness based on their history.

Professor Ledeneva’s presentation shed light on current Russian attitudes toward the US, as well as internal Russian politics that may impact US States. She reported that a non-intervention treaty to restrict both the US and Russia from meddling in international affairs, planting fake news, and manipulating through false information would be a step toward reducing the US-Russia tension. A second step would be increasing trade between Russia and the US, which today is only 10% of that between Russia and Europe, and recognition of Russia as an important WWII ally, who lost 20M Russians in defeating fascism.

september 13–17, 2017

Russia – Domestic Perspective:
Back at the Ranch – Russian Politics
and Society

Alena Ledeneva, PhD

Professor of Politics and Society
School of Slavonic and East European Studies of University College London

Alena Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of University College London in the UK. She is an internationally renowned expert on informal governance in Russia. Her research interests include corruption, informal economy, economic crime, informal practices in corporate governance, and the role of networks and patron-client relationships in Russia and around the globe. Professor Ledeneva described Russia as a “hybrid” regime, combining elements of democracy and authoritarianism. She pointed out that Russia’s huge geography, difficult climate, and poor infrastructure do not support a successful market-economy. However, despite economic realities, Russians believe in an ideal of national greatness based on their history.

Professor Ledeneva’s presentation shed light on current Russian attitudes toward the US, as well as internal Russian politics that may impact US States. She reported that a non-intervention treaty to restrict both the US and Russia from meddling in international affairs, planting fake news, and manipulating through false information would be a step toward reducing the US-Russia tension. A second step would be increasing trade between Russia and the US, which today is only 10% of that between Russia and Europe, and recognition of Russia as an important WWII ally, who lost 20M Russians in defeating fascism.