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RACHEL ANSLEY | MARCH 20 2017
However, these efforts may be impacted by instability at home. Between 2000 and 2014, approximately 1.8 million Russians left the country “under [Putin’s] watch,” said Polyakova, citing official numbers from the Russian Federation. “This trend has only intensified,” she added.
Harsh repression of civil society, sparse economic opportunity and the lack of an independent media have contributed to this exodus. “The very individuals who should be staying in Russia…to make it a great power in the economic sense, those are the individuals who are abandoning their country,” said Polyakova.
Ultimately, the question of migration is a specific issue “which gives us insight to a larger issue in Russia,” according to John Herbst, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.
Polyakova joined Evgenia Chirikova, a Russian environmentalist; Sergei Erofeev, consultant at Rutgers University; and Mikhail Kokorich, president and co-founder of Astro Digital, Inc., to discuss the scale and significance of the ongoing wave of…