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Vitali Naishul

President, Institute for the Study of the Russian Economy and the Center for the Study of Russian Socio-Political Language

Vitali Naishul is an institutional economist and President of the Institute for the Study of the Russian Economy and the Center for the Study of Russian Socio-Political Language. He is a leading expert on the transition to the market economy and institution-building in post-socialist Russia, whose ideas for more than two decades have influenced both Russia’s leaders and intellectual community, and educated Western scholars about Russia’s evolving economy and culture.

Mr. Naishul is widely referred to as the architect of the initial plan to privatize the economy, authoring in the early 1980s the book, Another Life, the publication on which Yeltsin-era reforms were based. He served as a researcher for Gosplan, the Soviet Union’s Central Planning Agency, and was a member of the group of young reformers who shaped Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika reform program in the late 1980s. In 1992, Mr. Naishul organized a group of 18 young economists, many of whom are now leaders in both government and business in Russia, to visit Chile to learn from their successful free market reforms. His publications include The Supreme and Last Stage of Socialism and Liberalism, Customary Rights, and Economic Reforms. He has worked at the Central Mathematical Institute in Moscow is a graduate of the mathematics department of Moscow State University.