ESMT Open Lecture with Mikhail Khodorkovsky
Russia in Europe: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Since Peter the Great, Russia has been in Europe but not always part of Europe. It has contributed richly to European culture and has been heavily influenced in turn by European political thinking, literature and art. For centuries, Europe has been Russia’s vital source of western technology. In today’s rapidly changing western world, it is easy to overlook the challenges facing Russia and to underestimate Europe’s influence on Russia. Today’s Russia has turned away from Europe but only temporarily. Its current model of governance is exhausted and will inevitably change. What must Russians do to put their country back on a path of reforms and re-connect with Europe? What can European countries do to help the process?