Day 1, Wednesday, April 29, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 Registration

Mr. Anton TABAKH
The financial sector in Russia and financial investment in Russia
Specifics of the Russian financial markets, do´s and dont´s; how reliable are rating agencies? What are the expectations of major Russian players concerning Russian financial markets? What is the state of Russian regional debt markets? Will regions be able to sustain a reasonable level of social security services? What will the government do, ongoing support for Russian banks – future developments, how can the government guarantee the stability of the financial sector, where are the risks? How will Russia in case of an ongoing crisis regulate the financial sector and which monetary policy is to be followed, impact on European banks, stock exchanges, their situation in Russia?
Question & answers

10:00 – 10:20
Coffee Break

10:20 – 11:20
The Russian budget development
Internal Russian view on: budget development in the next three year, how will Russia finance its expenses – refinancing its bonds, debts, payback of bonds?
Development of the financial resources (and the reserves) over the last couple of years (before and after financial crises), upcoming events and impact on the financial situation (football world championship), the drivers behind the Russian budget structure and how to finance debt restructure in the coming years?
Who will profit during the next budget periods, who will suffer – growth of specific expenses versus budget cuts in specific areas – winners and losers?
Question & answers

Panel Discussion I with 2 speakers

12:00 – 13:00
Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:00
Russian regions and the Russian economic crisis: responses and strategies
What is the situation in the Russian regions – financial and economic situation? Is a re-focus of the Russian economy towards the East possible? How can this work. The Eurasian Economic Area and the impact on the Russian regions. How stabile is the situation on the regions, which are highly depending on the raw material sector.
Question & answers

14:00 – 15:00
The Economic policy of Russia and its impact on the political system
The orientation of the Russian economy – the future of EU-cooperation compared with Cooperation with China and Asia, The Eurasian Economic Area – an alternative – chances and risks for Russia, its cooperation with China and India – a real alternative – perspectives, risks and chances. Who will join and who will leave?
How does the Russian government function – who are the drivers behind the Russian policy? Description of scenarios, what can happen, if the situation remains unchanged? How stabile is Russia? On what does stability depend on? What is the impact of sanctions?
Question & answers

15:00 – 15:20
Coffee Break

15:20 – 16:20
Mr. Mikhail DMITRIEV
Political and Social Roots of the Economic Crisis in Russia
Political and Social Roots of the Economic Crisis in Russia
Is the value gap between EU and Russia widening? How stable is the system, who are the drivers behind Russian policy? What does Russia try to achieve – Reestablishment of the Soviet Empire? In what direction political attitudes and political behaviour of Russians is evolving? Can the looming economic crisis generate a new wave of political change and changes in economic policy? Will the convergence of values between Russia and EU resume in the visible future? How may economic policy adjust to new economic and political challenges?
Question & answers

16:20 – 17:30
Panel Discussion II with 4 (5) speakers

17:30 – 20:00
individual meetings (with separate registration)

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