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YABLOKO proposed to Presidential Commission its programme for Russia's modernisation

Press Release
June 28, 2011

On June 28, 2011, a round table of the consultative working group of the Commission under the President of Russian Federation for modernisation and technological development of Russias economy was held in the Moscow region.

The Commission was established by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for development of state policies and coordination of the state power bodies and the expert community in the field of modernisation and technological development of Russia. The working group is headed by Russian renowned economist Alexander Auzan and includes representatives from six political parties. YABLOKO is represented by Alexei Arbatov, member of YABLOKOs Political Committee and head of the International Security Centre of the Institute of the World Economy and International Relations of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Four political parties presented their views of modernisation and the task of innovative development there.

Ivan Bolshakov, member of YABLOKOs Federal Council, made a speech about YABLOKOs view of modernisation and the factors hampering this process and also answered journalists questions.

It turned out that Bolshakov was the only representative of a political party who criticized the present Russias political system and called to its modernisation.

Conducting modernisation via technological stimulation of Russias economy is obviously inefficient, this should include institutional transformation of the whole system, including political, economic, social and socio-cultural spheres, Bolshakov stressed. If this does not happen, we shall be left with the archaic authoritarian political system which puts Russia in line with backward countries and failing states, he added.

Bolshakov also told the audience about YABLOKOs programmes Housing-Roads-Land and Overcoming Stalinism as a Condition for Russias Modernisation and proposals of anticorruption measures and liquidation of the oligarchic system.

Representatives of other parties MPs from the Communist Party and the Just Russia dared to criticise only the deplorable state of the remnants of the Soviet industry and proposed to strengthen the role of the state in the economy and innovations. A representative from the Patriots of Russia completely supported the energetic and serious modernisation from the top initiated by the Russian President and suggested that Russia should employ the experience of the communist modernisation of 1920-1930s.

The round table was organised jointly with the Regional Journalists Club and about 60 journalists were present there.


See also:

Modernisation in Russia




Press Release
June 28, 2011

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