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Power and Economy under Putin and Beyond



Tuesday 21. January 2020, 09:00 until 14:30

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Institutt for forsvarsstudier

Entrance: Gratis med påmelding

Russia is faced with a dual, «creeping» crisis: economic decline and the succession problem. At this open seminar, the RUSECOPOL project of the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies has gathered leading international experts to address the ensuing fundamental questions:


  • How does the intra-elite battle for power and resources shape Russian politics?
  • And how do current policies influence power relations within the elite?


Under the surface of a stable regime, a multitude of actors within the power elite are struggling for power, resources, and, above all – the future of Russia. At the one extreme, wealthy businesspeople push for market reform and rapprochement with the West. At the other, ‘warriors’ see the West as an existential threat and favour a mobilizational economy under tight state control. This continuous power struggle shapes Russian policies on a daily basis and is key to understanding where Russia is heading when the Putin era is approaching its end.



0830-0900 Registration and coffee

0900-0910 Opening remarks by IFS Director Kjell Inge Bjerga

0910-1040 Panel 1: The Russian Ruling Elite and its Challenges

Chair: Helge Blakkisrud (Norwegian Institute for International Affairs)

Andrey Yakovlev (Higher School of Economics, Moscow): “The Ruling Elite in the Face of External Pressure and Lost Vision for the Future”

Ekaterina Schulmann (Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow): “Russia’s Ruling Class: the Bureaucrats, the Commissars and the Agents”

Geir Flikke (University of Oslo): “The Role of Political and Professional Organizations in the Struggle for Reform”

1040-1055 Coffee break

1055-1225 Panel 2: State-Business Relations in Russia

Chair: Arild Moe (Fridtjof Nansen Institute)

Ingvill Moe Elgsaas (Institute for Defence Studies, Norwegian Defence University College, Oslo): “State-Business Relations in the Murmansk Region”

Ingerid Opdahl (Institute for Defence Studies): “A Strong State in the Russian Arctic? Tasking Oil and Gas Companies for Regional Development”

Janis Kluge (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin): “The Role of Business Elites in Russia’s Turn to the East”

1225-1310 Lunch

1310-1420 Panel 3: Informal Actors in Russian Politics

Chair: Håvard Bækken (Institute for Defence Studies)

Jardar Østbø (Institute for Defence Studies): “Outsourcing Great Powerhood? The Non-State Element in Russia’s African Strategy”

Mark Galeotti (Institute for International Relations Prague): “Problems, Proxies, Partners: Organised Crime and Kremlin Policy at Home and Abroad”

1420-1430 Closing remarks


The RUSECOPOL project (Russia’s Politicized Economy, Elite Dynamics and the Domestic-Foreign Policy Nexus) is funded by the Norwegian Research Council under the NORUSS Pluss call (project no. 288428) and the Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies at the Norwegian Defence University College. For more information, se


Register for the open seminar here