Summary of Russia’s Economy under Putin

From Crony Capitalism to State Capitalism

Peterson Institute for International Economics,

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Russia’s Economy under Putin summary
State-controlled capitalism in Vladimir Putin’s Russia has consequences for the country and the world.


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Vladimir Putin has brought vast changes to Russia since his rise to power in 1999, writes Simeon Djankov, a former deputy prime minister and finance minister of Bulgaria. Djankov outlines how Russia’s economy went from fledgling free enterprise in the post-Soviet era to entrenched state capitalism today, and he describes how that shift has supported Putin’s foreign policy aims. Djankov doesn’t foresee much change in the near term, particularly as Western sanctions perversely tighten Putin’s grip on the economy. getAbstract recommends his insightful article to anyone interested in the long-term political and economic future of Russia.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Russia has evolved under Vladimir Putin
  • What that transition means for the country’s economy
  • Why Russia is likely to continue pursuing state capitalism for the foreseeable future


Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia – first as president, then prime minister, then president – since 1999. From the time he took office until 2008, unemployment and poverty rates fell by more than half, while wages grew threefold. But elitism increased as the economy shifted from encouraging fledgling ...
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Simeon Djankov is a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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