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The XXI century will be a сentury either of total all-embracing crisis or of moral and spiritual healing that will reinvigorate humankind. It is my conviction that all of us - all reasonable political leaders, all spiritual and ideological movements, all  faiths - must help in this transition to a triumph of humanism and justice, in making the XXI century a century of a new human renaissance.

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Toward a New Model of Russian Federailsm: the Regional Perspective

The Project was dedicated to the most complicated and urgent problems of contemporary Russian society which have social, economic, political, legal and ethnocultural dimensions. The project was meant to explore the current state and the prospects of Russian federalism as one of the key conditions for enforcement and development of democracy in Russia. The project task was to develop a regulatory model of Russian federalism and recommendations for its practical implementation based on the analysis of the Russian regions' positions and the processes currently taking place in the public sphere where relations between civil society and political authority are being realized.

The Project was carried in 2010-2012 by the Gorbachev Foundation with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Research papers and reports relating to the project were posted on the website "Toward a New Model of Russian Federailsm: the Regional Perspective"

Project Coordinators

Olga Zdravomyslova (Doctor of Philosophy), Andrei Ryabov (Doctor of History), Pavel Palazhchenko (The Gorbachev Foundation)




The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, he was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. 10 August 2021
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden will meet in Geneva on June 16. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev told Interfax special correspondent Vyacheslav Terekhov in an interview that the main task the two presidents will have to address is restoring strategic stability. 1 June 2021

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