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The Putin Exodus: The New Russian Brain Drain. Presentation and Discussion

May 22, 2019 | 04:15 PM - 05:45 PM
The Putin Exodus (c) Atlantic Coucil

The Putin Exodus (c) Atlantic Coucil

In collaboration with the Atlantic Council

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 comprehensive analysis of the Putin Exodus and its implications for Russia and the West. The study, which is authored by Ambassador John Herbst and Dr. Sergei Erofeev, 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.

The report is presented and discussed by:

Dr. Sergei Erofeev, Rutgers University (USA) and Ambassador John E. Herbst, Atlantic Council, Eurasia Center, director. Chair: Prof. Dr. Katharina Bluhm, Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.

Time & Location

May 22, 2019 | 04:15 PM - 05:45 PM

Villa Topoi
Freie Universität Berlin
Hittorfstraße 18
14195 Berlin
Address Villa Topoi


  • Russia, Putin, Brain drain, Emigration, Atlantic Council, Eurasia Center