A conference entitled “Russia after Putin” brought together around 50 opposition politicians, experts, and political analysts in Moscow on 5 July 2009. The participants discussed the political and economic situation and the possibility of democracy in Russia.
Former deputy head of Russia’s central bank, Sergey Aleksashenko, talked about the necessity to privatise television channels and reinstitute direct elections of regional governors. Garry Kasparov, leader of the opposition’s United Civic Front, said that Russia needs a parliament that would have a say in solving the country’s social-economic problems.
Participants included, among others, Garry Kasparov, leader of the United Civic Front (OGF); Boris Nemtsov, co-chairman of the democratic opposition movement, Solidarnost; Geidar Dzhemal, chairman of the Islamic Committee of Russia; and Alexander Krasnov, chairman of the Moscow branch of Greater Russia.
Other speakers included Sergey Aleksashenko, director of macroeconomic studies at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics (HSE); Yevgeni Yashin, scientific director of HSE; Stanislav Belkovsky, president of the Institute of National Strategy; Anatoly Baranov, editor-in-chief of Forum.msk.ru; and Alexander Goltz, deputy editor-in-chief of Yezhednevny Zhurnal.
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Радио Свобода, 05.07.2009