Problems of Modernization in Russia

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    Toby Gati, Senior Advisor on International Affairs at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, who worked at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration, cited a survey conducted in Russia by the company SuperJob. According to the survey, only 13 percent of Russians believe that since President Medvedev issued the programmatic article "Russia, Forward!" proclaiming a new modernization course, the country has undergone a real change, while 61 percent of respondents have not noticed changes or see the modernization policy as empty words, and 26 percent were undecided.

    "Russian modernization is perhaps the most effective way to transition from a resource economy to a 21st century model based on technological progress,” said Toby Gati. “The course proposed by Medvedev is designed to strengthen the weak parts of the country’s economic policy. What is being discussed is attracting foreign investment, profit-making and the promotion of new discoveries, as well as an increase in the number of professional managers. "

    As Russians understand it, corruption interferes with the process of modernization,” notes Toby Gati. "According to some reports, the Russian people associate the process of modernization with reduced levels of corruption, a reduction in the number of bureaucrats, and the creation of healthy competition. But it is interesting to note that, if in the 1990’s young people wanted to work in business, and in the early 2000’s they wanted to join the FSB, then among today's youth it is most fashionable to be a government official," she says.

    The full version of her article was published on

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