John Herbst and Sergei Erofeev: The Putin Exodus: The New Russian Brain Drain

Nov. 18, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm (registration required)
Cabot 702, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA

Join the Russia and Eurasia Program at The Fletcher School at Tufts University for a talk with Ambassador John Herbst and Dr. Sergei Erofeev about their new report, "The Putin Exodus: The New Russian Brain Drain." Human capital is fleeing Russia. Since President Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the presidency, between 1.6 and 2 million Russians – out of a total population of 145 million – have left for Western democracies. This emigration sped up with Putin’s return as president in 2012, followed by a weakening economy and growing repressions. It soon began to look like a politically driven brain drain, causing increasing concern among Russian and international observers. In this pioneering study, the Council’s Eurasia Center offers a clear analysis of the Putin Exodus and its implications for Russia and the West. The study examines the patterns and drivers of Russian emigration to the West since 2000 based on the findings from focused interviews and surveys with new Russian émigrés in four key cities in the United States and Europe.

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John Herbst, director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council

Sergey Erofeev, lecturer, Rutgers University