The country and the world: Russia in the 21st century. What global trends are being built up by Russia, and what global processes are influencing Russia's development?
Russia's recent history has turned out to be dramatic. The hopes on the part of Russian society that wanted to see the country liberal and democratic have not been fulfilled. Lists of political prisoners are still compiled, just as in Soviet times.
Directly or indirectly, Russia has been involved in many military conflicts for the last 30 years. But experts have different opinions about the historical conceptualization of current events. Some define the developments as the archaization and simplification of politics and economics, while others assess the Russian regime almost as a pioneer of up-and-coming global trends — populism, illiberalism, and autocracy. Some note signs of the onset of a new "digital" totalitarianism, while others see features of authoritarian stagnancy and intensifying entropy.
Although Russia today exerts much less influence on global processes than in the times of the USSR, it is still enough not to be ignored. Russian authorities strive to strengthen it.
What trends defining the future of the world are shaped by Russia and what trends, on the other hand, are influencing its development?
- Rüdiger von Fritsch, Former German Ambassador to Russia (2014–2019) (Germany).
- Francis Fukuyama, Philosopher, political scientist; Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University (USA).
- Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Center for Liberal Strategies; Fellow, Institute of Human Sciences (Bulgaria).
- Sergey Parkhomenko, journalist; Senior Advisor, The Kennan Institute (Russia).
- Kirill Rogov, Vice-President, Liberal Mission Foundation (Russia).
- Tatiana Vorozheikina, Political scientist, expert on development and democratization problems in Latin America and Russia, Lecturer at the Svobodnyi University (Russia).