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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.


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.



Mode of instruction


Course load

Total: 280 hours
Classes: 26 hours
Exam: 2 hours
Assignments and reading: 252 hours

Assessment method

Weekly assignments (40%); participation and presentations (20%); written exam (40%)
Only the written exam can be retaken. You pass the course if your weighted avarage is 5.50.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not apllicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr. M. Bader

Coordinator of Studies: mw. drs. T. Bouma

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


Not aplicable