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The Russian Economy


Admission requirements

An essential prerequisite for this course is the ability to read and understand Russian. This means having completed the languages courses from the first two years of the Russian studies at Leiden, or an equivalent of knowledge.


This course offers a comprehensive overview of the Russian economy since 1991, with a focus on the most recent years. Among the issues that we will discuss are the Soviet legacy, economic reform, energy, the resource curse, state-business relations, the informal economy, corruption, and external economic relations

Course objectives

Students gain insight into the main issues regarding the Russian economy. They are trained to apply insights from political economy and economics to the context of the Russian economy. Students also develop research skills through a number of written assignments.


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Mode of Instruction


Assessment method

Bi-weekly assignments (40%); participation and presentations (20%); written exam (40%)
Only the written exam can be retaken.

Reading list

Journal articles and book chapters. All readings are listed in a course outline which can be consulted on the Brightspace site of the course.


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Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher: Dr. M. Skalamera
Coordinator of Studies: E.C.Munter
Administrations Office: Reuvensplaats