HSE Experts have Become Members of a Council under the Russian Government
The list of members of the Expert Council under the RF Government has been approved. Its 200 members include staff from the Higher School of Economics.
The order on the creation of the Expert Council under the RF Government was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on July 26, 2012. This advisory body, created as part of the ‘Open Government’, will work in two key areas: expertise of solutions which are prepared and made by executive bodies, and providing public control over their activities. In particular, according to the Council Regulations, it has the right to monitor federal budget costs and evaluate the effectiveness of the government’s work.
The council works on a voluntary basis and cannot include state officials. It is expected that the council will form several working groups on the main areas of its expert activity. It will be coordinated by a board of 20 members elected by the council members.
The first members of the Expert Council were approved by Dmitry Medvedev on August 6 and include 200 experts from various professional communities: from economists to cinematographers, from big businessmen to journalists. There are 27 staff members of the Higher School of Economics among them:
Elena Abramova, Svetlana Avdasheva, Sergey Aleksashenko, Mikhail Blinkin, Sergey Borisov, Vadim Volkov, Oleg Vyugin, Evgeniy Gavrilenkov, Vladimir Gimpelson, Igor Drozdov, Sergey Zverev, Nadezhda Kosareva, Yaroslav Kuzminov, Andrey Klimenko, Tatiana Maleva, Tamara Morshchakova, Alexander Oslon, Elena Panfilova, Alexander Pochinok, Efim Rachevsky, Valery Fedorov, Oleg Chirkunov, Sergey Shishkin, Alexander Shokhin, Lev Yakobson, Andrey Yakovlev, Evgeniy Yasin.
Previously, 9 staff members of the HSE became members of the Economic Council under the RF President.
Mikhail Blinkin is one of Russia’s leading experts in urbanism, city planning, and urban transport. He has headed the HSE Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies since 2011 and has been HSE Tenured Professor since 2013. In 2017, Mikhail Blinkin was the recipient of an HSE Honour Award 1st Class, as well as the Golden HSE award for Best Expert.
On November 27, the HSE Academic Council held an awards ceremony dedicated to the university’s 25th anniversary. The meeting saw the participation of representatives of the Russian President, members of government, and members of the Russian Federal Assembly. Governmental awards were given to a number of HSE employees for their tremendous accomplishments.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree for the commendation of prominent public and political figures. Andrey Zhulin, Vice Rector at HSE Perm, Galina Volodina, Director of HSE Perm, and Valeria Kasamara, HSE’s Senior Director for Government Relations, are among the figures mentioned in the decree.
A book entitled The Mythologies of Capitalism and the End of the Soviet Project by Associate Professor at the HSE Faculty of Media Communications Olga Baysha has been published by Lexington Books (United States).