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Edited by Hanna Mäkinen
Selected articles on modernisation and innovation in Russia
Electronic Publications of Pan-European Institute 4/2012

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Some five years ago, the Pan-European Institute (PEI) started to study the Russian innovation system in the framework of the research project funded by the Academy of Finland. This project generated an idea to collect short articles related to the modernisation and the innovation reform in Russia, and publish them in the Baltic Rim Economies review, which is distributed to tens of thousands of organisations in over 80 countries. During these past five years, several important contributions related to the aforementioned theme have been published in our review. We decided to collect them into a single publication.

Ms Hanna Mäkinen, Senior Researcher of the PEI, has chosen close to 100 articles on the topic. These columns deal with the modernisation in Russia, the country’s innovation policy, regional innovation systems, and most importantly, Russia’s co-operation in the field of innovation with the EU and its member states. These articles have been written, for instance, by President of the European Commission, deputies of parliaments, representatives of ministries and regional administrations, policy advisers, diplomats, leading academics and other key thinkers in the field.

These articles do not carry one common message, but instead, they offer a variety of perspectives into one phenomenon. The views expressed in these articles sometimes compete with each other, and sometimes, even conflict each other. Despite such a variety, or perhaps just because of it, this publication may offer an insight into the future of Russia.

Even if there are many views on the Russian modernisation, one can be sure that the Russian leadership is serious with its modernisation goals, and will invest a lot of money and time to succeed in this process. The EU and its members could play a significant role in this process, if we manage to create co-operative synergies benefitting all the parties involved.


* Bringing EU-Russian relations to a new level.
* Russia and the European Union – a multilayered relationship
* The EU-Russia modernisation partnership – what's in it?
* The Russia-EU Partnership for Modernisation
* Russia-EU partnership for modernisation – words and reality
* The EU-Russia modernisation partnership
* Partnership for modernisation – incentive to revise the EU-Russia relations
* The boom and crash of modernisation zeal in EU–Russia relations
* The EU and Russia already have what it takes to succeed
* EU-Russia cooperation in promoting innovation
* Modernization of Russia
* Dmitry Medvedev’s modernisation from above
* “Modernization from above” in historical perspective Russia and reform
* Crisis modernisation? Lessons of the past and tasks for the future
* Russia at another cross-road
* Russia's search for modernizaton
* Medvedev’s new agenda for Russia – reforming a system that can not be reformed?
* The role of science in Russia’s modernisation
* Successful scientific and technological ‘Modernizatsia’ in Russia requires institutional and economic changes
* Assessing the prospects of Russia’s modernization
* Russia’s modernization - a progress report
* Modernisation of Russia – moving beyond rhetoric?
* Russian modernisation – technological or socio-cultural one?
* Russia’s human capital and the task of modernisation
* Financial constraints on the modernization of the Russian economy
* Energy security, oil prices and modernization in Russia
* Economic development based on the economics for quality
* Russia’s innovation policy and modernization agenda
* Modernization and innovative development in Russia – what lacks?
* On innovation activity in Russia
* Innovation policy in Russia – new trends
* Principles for a new-generation innovation policy
* Innovation policy in Russia during the economic crisis
* The economy crisis is the moment of truth for Russia
* Some observations on today’s European and Russian innovation process
* Rosnano and Skolkovo are Russia’s best innovation promoting measures, but they are not enough to modernise Russia as a whole
* Building innovation economy in Russia – big ambitions are build by small steps
* Big projects as a stimulus for innovation development in Russia
* How do Russian companies innovate?
* Innovation strategies of emerging Russian multinational companies
* The Russian CEOs analyse the innovation activity of their company
* Innovative entrepreneurships in Russia
* Small business in Russia – trends and outlook
* Does the Russian economic system support technological entrepreneurship?
* Industrial-innovative networks as an opportunity to raise productivity of the Russian North-west
* The bumps in Russia’s innovation chase
* Special Economic Zones in Russia – new trends
* The Kaliningrad Region as a modernization model of modern Russia
* Rise, fall and resurgence of the Special Economic Zone of Kaliningrad/Russia
* Development of innovations in Kaliningrad Region – general characterization and overview of the perspectives
* St. Petersburg – the leader of Russian modernisation
* St. Petersburg – the centre of innovative development of Russian Federation
* Can Saint-Petersburg meet the challenge of innovation age?
* New trends in business in Moscow–St. Petersburg
* Industrial business parks – SMSE employment platform in Russia
* Russia’s modernization program as opportunity for Baltic Rim economic cooperation
* Modernisation of Russian economy in collaboration with Finnish partners
* Finnish-Russian Innovation Centre – main results of activities
* Some policy proposals based on the Finnish-Russian innovation collaboration
* Opportunities of Finland in Russian innovation environment
* Developing the Russian innovation system – potential for increased cooperation with Finland
* Natural cooperation takes a substantial effort to start
* Innovations and Finnish–Russian research co-operation
* Learning economy in the Baltic Sea region – an experience of the Finnish-Russian cooperation
* Creating the world’s first global innovation hub chain: Technopolis is now operating in Finland, * Russia and Estonia – and just getting warmed
* Internationalization of R&D – implications for Russia
* R&D and innovation – a window of opportunity for enhanced cooperation with Russia?
* German-Russian collaboration in research and innovation
* Foresight for EU-Russia S&T and innovation cooperation
* International science and technology cooperation in Eastern European countries
* Russia’s modernization campaign - towards a high-tech Potemkin village?
* Internationalization of high-tech industries – lessons for the Russian government
* Commercialization as the bridge from Russian science to prosperity
* Using Foresight as an instrument for constructing future vision for key sectors of Russian economy – results and lessons
* High-tech response to modern challenges and new opportunities
* Russian Technology Transfer Network – gate to Russia’s
* The development of the nanotechnology industry in Russia
* Russian intelligence services can help domestic nanotechnology – by keeping at arm’s length
* Ioffe Institute and its contribution in the development of nanotechnology in Russia
* The "Triple Helix" of the Polymer Cluster*University in innovative space region
* Foreign investment in the strategic sector of the Russian economy – fundamentals and expectations
* Main peculiarities of the Russian intellectual property legislation
* Russia – affordable Internet access across the country

Kari Liuhto
Professor on the Russian economy
Turku School of Economics
University of Turku
Director Director
Pan-European Institute Centrum Balticum

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