Vladimir Potanin (Chairman)
President, Interros Holding Company
Dr. Sc. (Technology), Director General, Konstruktorskoye Buro-1 JSC
President, Industrial Investors Group
Dr. Sc. (Economics), Chairman, Board of Directors, Sistema Joint Stock Financial Corporation; Member of the Russian Engineering Academy and International Academy of Communications
Vladimir Putin has mentioned several times that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a geopolitical mistake. Although these words were often interpreted as his desire to constitute that country, there is little reason to believe this.
After experiencing many ups and downs in their relationship, China and Russia have forged a strategic partnership since the advent of the 21st century. While Russia's relations with the United States and the European Union have hit a rough patch, its ties with China are on an upward trend.
The 13th annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club includes a special session on the theme “What if… the Soviet Union had not collapsed?”
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is by far the most ambitious project in the field of contractual formats of regional economic cooperation, combining traditional measures to liberalize mutual trade with regulatory rules of economic activity on the territories of member states. If successful, this project will influence on the development of both the world economy and its regulatory mechanisms.
After Russia’s wave of protest during the 2011-2012 election cycle, the country’s authorities embarked on an effort to prevent anti-regime mass mobilization during subsequent election periods.
Russia has used its military beyond its borders with unprecedented frequency in the period since the invasion of Crimea in February 2014.