Gaidar Forum Experts Discussed 1917 Russian Revolution Lessons

Within the framework of Day 1 of Gaidar Forum Russian and foreign historians discussed up-to-date approaches to assessing October Revolution results. The discussion was timed to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the crucial event.

One of the discussion moderators was Carol Scott Leonard, Professor of Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and Oxford University. According to her, there was a wide range of opinions concerning historical heritage of 1917 Russian Revolution in the western and Russian historiography of the 1980-1990s. Carol Scott Leonard characterized the present discussion as a unique opportunity to exchange opinions without regard to historical speculations. In particular, she mentioned the version of planned and manipulative nature of the revolution, which was popular both in the West and in Russia.

The second moderator, Yuri Petrov, Director of the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, emphasized the importance of creating a single historiographical space. “While in the Soviet Period Russian historians mainly criticized Western ones and vice versa, not perceiving them as equal partners, nowadays the situation has changed”, said Yuri Petrov, highlighting the importance of equal dialogue in the atmosphere of mutual respect. According to the Director of RAS Institute of Russian History, a significant achievement of scientific events devoted to the anniversary of this period in Russian history was the transition from ‘economic dictation’ while explaining revolution causes towards a more complex scientific approach. Yuri Petrov assessed continuing distribution of unscientific conspiracy variants of covering revolutionary events mainly in the mass culture in a negative way.

In her speech Elena Panina, Deputy of the State Duma, reminded of the President’s order on arranging a number of scientific public events devoted to the anniversary of 1917 Russian revolution. Having expressed her disagreement with conspiracy theories, the State Duma Deputy urged ‘not to disregard some external aspects’. At the same time, Elena Panina called the creation of the world’s first social state, which laid the foundation for economic standards generally accepted in Western culture, a positive achievement of the socialist revolution.



The organizers include the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

The program outline is available at the forum website.

Participation is free; preliminary registration is required.

Media accreditation

2018 Gaidar Forum on Telegram

The program of Gaidar Forum

Gaidar Forum on social networks: Telegram-channelFacebookInstagram

The general partners of the Gaidar Forum are Gazprom and Gazprombank; strategic partners include Novartis, Johnson&Johnson, RZD, MSD, AstraZeneca, the ACIG Group of Companies, Mastercard, Coca-Cola, Russian Agricultural Bank, Pharmstandard JSC, Microsoft; O1 Group, Unilever, EY, Russian Brewers’ Union, Russian Direct Investment Fund are partners and RVC.

The general information partners include the Rossiya 24 TV channel, RBC and TASS news agencies. The official information agency is Rossiya Segodnya. The general online media partner is Gazeta.RU. The general radio partner is Business FM. The strategic information partners are Kommersant Publishers, the RT TV channel and Interfax. The main information partners are Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Federalpress news agency. Other media partners include, PRIME news agency, EFE, Polit.ru, Expert RA, Radio Ekho Moskvy, Parlamentskaya Gazeta, BRICS, National Banking Journal, Banking Review, Financial One, Standards and Quality news agency, AK&M, Ekonomika i Zhizn weekly, Invest Foresight online magazine, Strategia magazine, Naans Media, the Public Administration scientific political journal, the PRO BUSINESS TV channel, the Indicator online science journal, the Bankovskoye Delo (Banking Business) magazine, RNS news agency, Business Excellence magazine, Cision, the Budget magazine, Information platform “Russian planet – Smart Russia”.