DC – The Putin Exodus: The New Russian Brain Drain

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW Washington, DC

Please join the Atlantic Council and Free Russia Foundation for an expert panel to discuss the key causes driving the new wave of Russian emigration and its implications.

Since Vladimir Putin assumed his third term in office in May 2012, Russian emigration has surged to its highest levels since the 1990s. Unlike the 1990s where emigration was driven mostly by economic instability, the emigrants today are fleeing the economic and political system that President Putin has put in place. In addition, those leaving Russia also make up a key segment of Russian society- they are among the best educated, most entrepreneurial, and highly skilled from the middle and upper middle classes. The “Putin exodus,” or the new wave of Russian brain drain, will have profound consequences for Russia’s short- and long-term economic development, political environment, and policy.



A conversation with:

Ms. Evgenia Chirikova




Mr. Mikhail Kokorich

President and Co-Founder, Astro Digital Inc; Partner

Space Venture Fund


Dr. Sergei Erofeev


Rutgers University


Dr. Alina Polyakova

Deputy Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center; Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative

Atlantic Council


Moderated by:

Ambassador John Herbst

Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

Atlantic Council