"European Russia"

  1. Project name: «European Russia»
  2. Project start date: December 2016

Project end date: November 2017

  1. Goals:

- to conduct a complex research and a series of international in-depth expert discussions on Russia’s place within the European (Western) civilization as a response to the report by F. Lukyanov and A. Miller, “Detachment Instead of Confrontation: Post-European Russia in Search of Self-Sufficiency”, (it will not only permit to set forth counterarguments, but will also permit to fill the gaps of the original report on economics and the role of public opinion);

- to continue and expand the recently started public discussion on Russia’s civilizational choice among Russian intellectuals and in the society as a whole (counterpropaganda);

- to form a core group within the “European Dialogue” Expert Group that will promote the European agenda and values in later projects.


  1. Preliminary schedule of activities:

February 2017, Moscow – a keynote session with Russian experts (15-20 people):

forming  the core team  (4-5 people), specifying the name, goals and objectives of the project, the timing and format of planned events, as well as the contents, methodology and structure of the final report (40-60 pages in length).

February-March 2017, Moscow – holding two round tables involving 15 to 20 Russian experts and 3 to 4 foreign experts; conducting a survey of the public sentiment in the Russian society in cooperation with Y. Levada Analytical Center.

April 2017 – finalizing the draft of the final report, distributing the report to the parties concerned.

May 2017, Europe – holding an international conference featuring Russian and European experts; finalizing the report based on the feedback from the discussion.

June-September 2017, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Brussels, London, Berlin – presenting the final report to the public.

October-November 2017, Moscow or Berlin – public debates (“duel”) with the Lukyanov-Miller group; translating the report into German and English, publication and distribution of the report.

  1. Host organizations: “European Dialogue” Expert Group, a European partner.
  2. Participants: leading Russian and European experts in history, economics, sociology, law, and social sciences.
  3. Program Director: Nikolay Petrov – member of the Coordinating Board, “European Dialogue” Expert Group, Head of the Center of Political and Geographic Research, Professor at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”.

"Liberal Agenda for the 21st Century

  1. Working title: Liberal Agenda for the 21st Century
  2. Start of the project: January 2017

End of the project:  December 2017

  1. Goals:

- formulation of a new solution to existing political challenges that would incorporate the liberal values framework of individual freedom and responsibility;

- search for answers, how liberals and the society could restore trust and mutual understanding in the face of contemporary global challenges.

  1. Preliminary action plan:

- January 2017, Moscow – orientation workshop, definition of the core team (4-5 persons), dates and formats of the upcoming events, technical task and methodology of the research, structure and content of the final report;

- February-April 2017, Moscow – 2-3 round tables with the participation of 15-20 Russian experts and 3-4 foreign experts;

- May-July 2017 – draft report elaboration, review and comments by interested parties involved in the project;

- September 2017, Moscow– presentation and discussion of the final report in the framework of the international conference “New answers to the challenges of non-freedom”.

- November 2017 – presentation of the final report in Brussels

  1. Organizers: “European Dialogue” Expert Group, Friedrich Naumann Foundation
  2. Participants: leading Russian and foreign experts in political sciences, sociology, economics, history and culture.
  3. Program director: Vladimir Ryzhkov +