Meeting Russia: Day 3
December 3 was the final day of the 2020 Meeting Russia Program.
The first session was dedicated to one of the key topics – Modern Russia. The invited speaker became Dmitriy Polikanov, Member of the Expert Council to the Government and Deputy Head at Executive Committee of the All Russia People's Front (ONF).

The politician touched upon several important issues such as the mentality of Russians, growing alarmism in the society, generation change, and poor political participation. The pride in national achievements, history, religion, and army was also highlighted. Dmitry Polikanov provided the participants with statistical data to show how paradoxical one's worldview can sometimes be. In the global community, there are many artificial stereotypes about Russia. They should be gradually eliminated, since the state's foreign policy course has become way calmer and more peaceful. Russia is occupied with its domestic policy. The country is open for the dialogue.
The second and the last session in 2020 was Economy Pulse. The speakers were the President of the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) Vladislav Onishchenko, Head of the Non-Resource Sector Economics Department of the CSR Ksenia Bannikova and Director of the Center for Socio-Economic Research Lora Nakoyakova. The participants learned many facts about Russian business development strategies, companies demands and governmental supporting activities in this field. The negative impact of the coronavirus and the devaluation of ruble were considered as the main challenges to Russia's economy. The experts shared their thoughts on the introduction of possible reforms. After the presentation, the CSR team not only answered but also asked questions to the foreign young diplomats and politicians.

Despite it was the last official day of Meeting Russia, the participants will gather together in Zoom again in order to express their opinions and impressions regarding the project.