Blavatnik Election Briefings: Russia Votes
Examining the impact of another Putin presidency
Russians go to the polls on 15 March in the midst of a war that has threatened the balance of global influence. While economic sanctions by the west together with the rising costs of the war have weakened the economy, China has been quick to fill the gap left as a result. As authorities try to maintain the perception of a free and fair election, an anti-war candidate has been denied the opportunity to run against Putin, laws have been enacted to crack down on ‘fake news’, and independent media has been gagged.
Dean Ngaire Woods will be joined online by Sergei Guriev, Provost of Sciences Po, Paris as they discuss the election and the impact on Russia and the wider global landscape of another Putin presidency.
Sergei Guriev joined Sciences Po as a tenured professor of economics in 2013 after running the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13. In 2016-19, he was on leave from Sciences Po serving as the Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). In 2022, Sergei Guriev was appointed Provost of Sciences Po. Later this year Dr Guriev will take up the position of Dean of London Business School. His recent book ‘Spin Dictators’ examines how a new breed of dictators hold power by manipulating information and faking democracy.
Dr Guriev’s research interests include political economics, development economics, labor mobility, and contract theory. Dr Guriev has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Literature, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Policy and American Political Science Review. He has been a board member of Sberbank, E.ON Russia, Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company, Russia Venture Company, Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Dynasty Foundation. In 2006, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2009-11, he was included in the top 100 of the President of Russia’s Cadre Reserve. In 2016-17 he has served as the President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics.
Since 2017, Dr Guriev has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. He is a Global Member of the Trilateral Commission, Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France, Ordinary Member of the Academia Europaea, and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American Economic Association.