The paper outlines attempts at modernization of the Russian economy and society. Three major economic projects are analyzed: special economic zones, the construction of an innovation city in Skolkovo, and the creation of an international financial center in Moscow. Among the goals of the highly publicized program to modernize the Russian society by 2020 are the establishment of primacy of the law and the reduction of a gap between the public and government. As many other Soviet and Russian programs, it is neither specific nor consistent, and for a variety of reason it lacks public support.
|Keywords:||Economic and Social Modernization, Special Economic Zones, Innovation City, International Financial Center|
Professor, Department of Economics, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA