Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is Cullen Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, a research fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and emeritus chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. Gregory has held visiting teaching appointments at Moscow State University and the Free University of Berlin.

Gregory was the director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project of the University of Houston Law Center from 1992 to 1997 and has written broadly on Russian energy.

The holder of a PhD in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and more than one hundred articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography. His most recent books are Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin’s Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina (Hoover Institution Press, 2010), Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), Terror by Quota (Yale, 2009), and The Political Economy of Stalinism (Cambridge, 2004), for which he received the Hewett Prize, awarded to works on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe. He co-edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008). His archival work is summarized in “Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin’s Archive” (Journal of Economic Literature.) As a producer, Gregory worked with director Marianna Yarovskaya on the documentary film Women of the Gulag, which was short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Gregory blogs for Defining Ideas and The Hill and tweets at #PaulR_Gregory.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Did Biden blink on Russia? Limited sanctions and no summit."

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Did Biden Blink On Russia? Limited Sanctions And No Summit

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The U.S. media initially burst out in applause at the “sweeping” and “tough” sanctions the Biden administration imposed on Russia on April 15 under the title of “Imposing Costs for Harmful Foreign Activities by the Russian Government.” Targeted are activities that “undermine security in countries and regions important to United States national security; and violate well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states” (meaning Ukraine).

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Kyiv Post article "A Russian false-flag operation to invade Ukraine?"

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A Russian False-Flag Operation To Invade Ukraine?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia KyivPost
Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Russia is building up its forces on the Ukrainian border and in Crimea. At the latest count, the build-up is approaching 100,000, far more than necessary for any “military exercise.” It is also adding to its military potential in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine that the Kremlin effectively controls through proxies in parts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses whether Putin will pay a price for destroying Navalny.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, April 12, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses the potential war between Russia and the Ukraine.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 29, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Hundreds of thousands of deaths averted because of COVID vaccines."

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West's 'Wokeness' Helped Russia To Redefine A 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Saturday, March 27, 2021

By forcing the standards of “wokeness” on a Western institution like Amnesty International, the Kremlin has weakened Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny as he begins his almost three years in a penal colony near Vladimir (190 km from Moscow). Everyone understands he is a political prisoner, isolated from Russian political life. That is the definition of “prisoner of conscience,” which Amnesty International has chosen to withdraw from his name.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Getting the facts right on Operation Warp Speed."

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Getting The Facts Right On Operation Warp Speed

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Former President Donald Trump formally announced Operation Warp Speed (OWS) on May 15, 2020. OWS was constituted as a projected $18 billion business-government-military partnership, charged to "produce and deliver 300 million doses of safe and effective vaccines with the initial doses available by January 2021, as part of a broader strategy to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.” 

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