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28 июня 2012

International Conference “Towards a New Model of Russian Federalism”


On June 28–29, as part of the research project “Toward a New Model of Russian Federailsm: the Regional Prospective”, the Gorbachev Foundation held the international conference “Towards a New Model of Russian Federalism”.

Project “Toward a New Model of Russian Federailsm: the Regional Prospective” is based on the assumption that federalism is the most appropriate form of political organisation for Russia. At the same time we must realize that this choice is not obvious yet for the country’s people and elites, as seen from the findings of the research carried out under the project.

This calls for an impartial analysis of the various factors contributing to or impeding the development of federalism and federative relations in Russia as seen in various regions of the country.

The international conference, held as part of the project, discussed the various approaches and possible solutions that might be acceptable to various territories and at the same time would consolidate Russian statehood in general, making it more effective in meeting the challenges of the country’s socio-economic and cultural development.

The aim of the conference and the project in general is not to provide some ready-made institutional solutions, but to map out approaches and ways towards а Russian model of federalism that would be supported by Russian regions and not rejected by them as something imposed from the top.

Olga Zdravomyslova, Andrey Ryabov (the Gorbachev Foundation)  and Andrey Zakharov (Neprikosnovenny Zapas journal) were hosts at the conference.

"Toward a New Model of Russian Federailsm: the Regional Prospective" project has been pursued in 2010-2012 under the auspices of the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (the Gorbachev Foundation) with the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


The Conference Programme


Abstracts and reports

Russian Federalism in Crisis. By Dr. Cameron Ross, The University of Dundee, Scotland, UK

Comparing German and Russian Federalism - Challenges to reform Center-Region relations in a globalized world
By Dr. Stefan Meister, German Council on Foreign Relations
Center for Central and Eastern Europe of the Robert Bosch Stiftung

The Many Advantages of Federalism: Flexibility, Growth and Democracy. By Prof. Kathryn Stoner-Weiss,  Stanford University, USA

A State Divided: Some Considerations on Federalism and the Political. By Philipp Casula, University of Basel, Switzerland

Project Reports 2012 (brochure) (in Russian)

Talking points of the conference participants (in Russian)

Andrey Makarychev on the Conference (in English)


Photos by Dmitry Belanovsky


Webcast of the conference 



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