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Russians Read Better Than They Count

Russians are well ahead of many other countries in terms of literacy and numeracy, but lag behind in computer skills, according to the OECD Survey of Adult Skills presented at the HSE on October 8, 2013.

Informal Activism Changes Russian Society

Natural disasters and the election results have triggered rapid development of informal social activity in Russia. Experts revealed some new characteristics of Russian civil society in their research ‘Russian Neo-Political Activism: Sketching a Portrait of a Hero’.

Competition will Take Russian Universities to a New Level

The self-sufficient and closed academic environment in Russia is an obstacle to the appearance of world-class universities, argues Maria Yudkevich in her article presented at the 4th International Conference ‘University Traditions: a Resource or a Burden?’

University Rankings Should Serve as a Compass for Prospective Students

University rankings are clearly evolving from serving as a means of evaluating institutions of higher education to being a tool that impacts university management. Larisa Taradina spoke about university rankings at the 4th International Conference ‘University Traditions: A Resource or a Burden’.

The Railway Will Help Solve Traffic Congestion

The only way to expand road networks in Russian cities is to make use of railroad corridors, declared Konstantin Trofimenko, Director of the HSE Centre for Urban Transportation Studies, addressing the first in the Infrastructure of the Future series of seminars.

Religion Affects the Way People Seek Employment

Religious beliefs affect the way people seek and choose jobs. Adepts of certain religions tend to rely on their skills, others on their good looks, while still others count on knowing the right people, suggests a study by Ekaterina Alexandrova and Elena Kalabina.

Modernisation Kills Social Norms

Russia is a country with one of the highest levels of anomie – breakdown in social norms. It arises from the rapid economic growth combined with a weak system of social controls that Russia has experienced in recent years, according to research by Christopher Swader and Leonid Kosals.

Elites Change but the Regime will Live on

Authoritarianism has a future in Russia. In the next two decades, the 1980s generation will start to join the higher echelons of Russian society. But the situation is such that the change of generation of the elites will have little effect on the transformation of the political regime. Or so the authors of research on 'The Russian elite in 2020' have concluded.

The Gap between Blacks and Whites Is Growing in the US

The 50-year anniversary of the march on Washington was celebrated recently in the US, but the famous ‘dream’ of its inspirer, Martin Luther King, is still a dream: over recent decades, the level of economic and social inequality between whites and African Americans has grown.

Limited Interest Rates on Loans failed to Help South Africa

The Russian Government is discussing a proposal on the administrative limitation of maximum interest rates on consumer loans. One of Russia’s partners in BRICS – South Africa – already has experience of such a solution. The HSE Center of Development published an analysis of this case in its ‘Banks: Statistics and Economics’ newsletter.