all heads of state, authoritarian leaders rely on functioning legal
institutions to regulate the economy and everyday affairs. They, too, face
expectations to keep law and order and deliver on economic promises. Nevertheless, authoritarian regimes must also sustain elite privileges.
Privileges contribute to undermining equality before the law, they threaten property rights, and hamper economic reform. In Russia's case, sanctions and a lack of reform create additional tensions.
At this seminar by the IFS Russia Programme, we discuss how elite concerns shape politics, economic development and legal practice in Russia. We will also draw attention to implications for how to approach Russia.
09.00 Registration and coffee
09.30 Welcoming remarks. Director of Research IFS, Professor Katarzyna Zysk
09.40 Law and Power in Russia. Making Sense of Quasi-legal Practices. Håvard Bækken, Senior Fellow IFS.
10.00 Privilege and Property. Energy Companies and the State. Ingerid Opdahl, Associate Professor IFS and head of Russia Programme.
10.20 Coffee break
10.30 Sanctions and Political Economy in Russia. Richard Connolly, Director, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham & Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
10.50 Panel discussion and Q&A. Moderator: Jardar Østbø, Associate Professor IFS.
11.30 Light lunch