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December 2011

ECFR Black Coffee Morning – ‘Dealing with a post-BRIC Russia’

European Council on Foreign Relations

With Nicu Popescu, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR, William Browder, CEO, Hermitage Capital Management and chaired by Edward Lucas, International Editor, The Economist

Wednesday 7th December, 8.30-9.30 am (registration from 8.15 am)
Venue: ECFR office, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 35 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9JA

Dear Colleague,

The European Council on Foreign Relations is delighted to invite you to an invitation-only discussion entitled ‘Dealing with a Post-BRIC Russia’ with Nicu Popescu, senior policy fellow at ECFR, William Browder, CEO, Hermitage Capital Management and chaired by Edward Lucas, international editor, The Economist. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th December between 8:30 and 9:30 am at ECFR’s office in Westminster.

Vladimir Putin will return to the Presidency but to a different Russia. The global economic crisis has shattered Russia’s dream of being a BRIC that is on a par with China, India and Brazil. Russia no longer has the optimism of a rising power. Instead it has the pessimism of the West and few in Moscow have illusions about resurgence and many fear stagnation and “Brezhnevization”. In short, Russia is now post-BRIC. This has caused a foreign policy re-think in Moscow. Russia has streamlined its approach in the post-Soviet space, is increasingly nervous of China and has “reset” relations with the US. Yet paradoxically, the European Union now treats Russia more like a BRIC than it did before 2008 – having abandoned hopes to see Russia as a “big Poland” that can be slowly democratised through conditionality, it is reconciled to treating its biggest neighbour like “a small China” with which you do business and little else. How can a weakened EU react to Putin’s return to a post-BRIC Russia?

Nicu Popescu is a senior policy fellow and head of ECFR’s programme on Russia and Wider Europe. In 2010-2011 Nicu served as advisor on foreign policy and European integration to the Prime-Minister of Moldova where he dealt with a wide range of issues related to EU-Moldova relations. He has recently published a book entitled EU foreign policy and the post-Soviet conflicts: Stealth Intervention.

William Browder is the Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, the largest foreign investor in Russia until November 2005, when he was suddenly denied entry to the country and declared “a threat to national security”. Since the death of Sergei Magnitsky, Mr Browder’s lawyer, he has been leading a worldwide campaign to expose the corruption, rule of law and human rights abuses committed by Russian government officials. Through his advocacy campaign, a law was introduced in the United States Congress entitled the “Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2011” that would impose visa entry bans and asset freezes on Russian officials who commit human rights abuses as well as on those who cover up corruption.

Edward Lucas is the international editor of The Economist and has been a specialist in the countries of central and eastern Europe for more than 25 years with postings including Berlin, Moscow, Prague and Vienna. In the early 1990s he was the major shareholder of The Baltic Independent, an English-language weekly in the Baltic states. He is the author of The New Cold War: Putin’s Russia and the Threat to the West (2008) and of a forthcoming book on east-west espionage.

We very much hope to welcome you to this event. Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Coffee and tea will be served from 8.15 am. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible by email to  For more information about the work of the European Council on Foreign Relations please visit

Mark Leonard
European Council on Foreign Relations
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