Russian political leader delivers talk

Former Russian Finance Minister Professor Alexei Kudrin will give a lecture at the University this week.

‘The Russian Economy: Structural Problems and Perspectives on Economic Growth’ will take place from 6 - 7.30 pm on Wednesday 30 March in the George Square lecture theatre.

The event is organised by The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Russian politics

Professor Kudrin is a prominent figure in Russian politics, having held the position of Minister of Finance from 2000-2011 and Deputy Prime Minister from 2000-2004 and 2007-2011.

In recent times Professor Kudrin has held talks with senior figures in the Kremlin, including President Putin, with some commentators suggesting a return to government is imminent.


Professor Kudrin is currently Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St Petersburg State University.

In September last year, Professor Kudrin was appointed as an Honorary Professor with in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh.

He is an honorary professor of the Department of Economics of St Petersburg State University and the author of numerous academic publications in economics and finance.

Professor Kudrin is the Head of the Civil Initiatives Committee, a non-governmental organisation which promotes human rights and development of civil society in Russia.


The lecture will take place on Wednesday, 30 March from 18:00 to 19:30 at the George Square lecture theatre, 50 George Square, Edinburgh.

The event is free, but registration is required.

For registration please visit the eventbrite booking page:

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The Princess Dashkova Russian Centre

The University of Edinburgh has enjoyed prestigious academic and cultural connections with Russia for centuries.

Based in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre offers teaching and research in Russian language and studies.

Edinburgh collaborates with Russia’s leading academic institutions including Moscow State University; St Petersburg State University and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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