The Russian media today mentions INSOR board members Evgeny Gontmakher and Alexander Auzan. They speculate on issues related to the crisis in Russia, such as the devaluation of the ruble and the need for a social contract. Rossiiskaya Gazeta publishes an article by Evgeny Gontmakher, who shares his predictions for 2009. In this article, Gontmakher divides people into three categories: high-, middle- and low-income.
The International media reports on Russia’s foreign and domestic policy. It speculates on Russian-American relations and also discusses the results of the “Name of Russia” contest. Joseph Stalin took third place in this contest, which the international media finds rather strange. WSJ writes about Prof. Igor Panarin, who has predicted the U.S. will fall apart in 2010.