Author Talk: Creating the Post-Soviet Russian Market Economy

At this virtual seminar, hosted by Northeastern University’s Silicon Valley campus, Daniel Satinsky '79, attorney, business consultant and independent scholar, will discuss his latest book, Creating the Post-Soviet Russian Market Economy: Through American Eyes, which tells the story of American participation in the dismantling of the Soviet economy and the creation of the Russian market economy in the 1990’s. It is based on more than 100 interviews with citizen diplomats, entrepreneurs, bankers, consultants and aid program administrators active in Russia in those years.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

The book chronicles the real-life experiences of these Americans as they participated in building new sectors of the post-Soviet Russian economy in finance, investment, stock trading, real estate, restaurants, public relations, law, and media (television, radio, newspapers, and movies) at a time of historically unprecedented collaboration and interaction between Russians and Americans.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the rise of official Russian anti-Western nationalism, it is easy to lose sight of the profound transformation of Russian life in the 1990’s and the critical role of Americans in those changes that make the structure of modern Russian life fundamentally different than it was at the time of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Appreciating the extent of American and European influence on Russia in the 1990’s is also fundamental to understanding the Russian nationalist backlash of today. The interview excerpts and analysis in the book are a necessary corrective to stereotypical presentations of Russia in the 1990’s and argue for a more sophisticated look at Russia and its enduring role in the geopolitics, economics, and culture of our evolving world.

About Daniel Satinsky

Daniel Satinsky is an independent researcher and consultant. He worked with joint ventures in the Soviet Union before its collapse and then continued with business projects in Russia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Uzbekistan until 2014.

He has written widely on the development of the post-Soviet business and economic transformation. Satinsky is a co-author of Hammer and Silicon – The Soviet Diaspora in the U.S. Innovation Economy, with D’Amore-McKim School of Business Professors Daniel McCarthy, Emeritus, and Sheila M. Puffer, University Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy.

Satinsky is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, holder of a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and currently an Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He served as President of the US-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England until 2014.

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