The Institute of Contemporary Development was created on the basis of the Center for Development of an Information Society (RIO Center), which was formed when Russia adopted the Information Society Declaration.

Over time, RIO Center outgrew its initial framework as a center focused exclusively on information and communication technologies. In particular, the center became the home of an expert council for the National Projects, which were overseen by then-First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. When the Institute was created in March 2008, Dmitry Medvedev, already President-elect of the Russian Federation, agreed to chair the Institute’s Board of Trustees. Igor Yurgens is the Chairman of the Intitute’s Management Board.


The Institute’s mission is to facilitate close and systemic relations between the state and Russia’s expert community.  By doing so, the Institute is creating and supporting initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in Russia through modernization of the state and the society.



A commitment to open, responsive and collegial public discussion


Reliance on objective and scientifically-sound research and analysis


Practical and effective recommendations and solutions


Closely guarded dedication to our independence and impartiality


The Institute of Contemporary Development promotes idea generation and information exchanges through research, expert forums, conferences and other initiatives. The Institute engages Russia’s and the world’s leading academics, corporate, and government leaders in open and candid dialogue on practical ways of creating a modern Russian society. Its research and discussions are formulated into innovative and practical action recommendations for the President and Government of the Russian Federation as well as analytical and informational materials for the public.


The Institute conducts and sponsors research focused on specific policy issues concerning the political and socio-economic development of modern Russia.


Collaborative research and initiatives with other institutes and think tanks in Russia and abroad is a hallmark of the Institute of Contemporary Development.