Do Russians want their country to be a power feared by other nations or a land whose primary concern is its citizens well-being? Choosing over prosperity brings with it the type of social contract the Soviet government used to impose on its citizens: The enemy is at the gate, and we all have to hunker down. But do we really have to make this choice? The choice between "greatness" on the world stage and domestic prosperity is a false one.
Maxim Trudolyubov spent some time at the institute during 2012 and 2013 to work on his research project.