Policy Forum

Russian Energy Policy and the New Russian State

November 20, 2006 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

1st floor/Wintergarden

Featuring Robert Amsterdam, Attorney for Mikhail Khodorkovsky; and Andrei Illarionov, Former Economic Adviser to President Putin and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.

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Russian energy policy is reflecting a change in the conduct of the Kremlin’s domestic and foreign affairs. Robert Amsterdam, a partner at Amsterdam and Peroff, will explain how the treatment of private energy companies in Russia is part of a broader pattern of political centralization and will describe what he believes are the global goals of Russia’s more aggressive, energy‐​driven foreign policy. Andrei Illarionov, the newest senior fellow at the Cato Institute, will describe the accelerated pace of change in Russia and new ways in which political, economic and civil liberties are being eliminated.