Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow

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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Why Socialism Fails

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Soviet disaster shows that modern economies are too complex to plan. 

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Trump Should Be Wary Of Putin's 'Truth'-Telling

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Donald Trump, in his brief encounters with Russia’s president at the Asia Pacific Conference in the Philippines, got ensnared in a linguistic entanglement over Vladimir Putin’s declaration that he “believed” Russia did not intervene in the United States election.


Manafort, Podesta Group Highlight DC Swamp Culture

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Back in February I wrote a piece titled, “No one mentions that the Russian trial leads to Democratic lobbyists.” The article described the ties between “hired-gun” Washington lobbyists and their rogue’s gallery of Russian and Ukrainian clients — some fugitives, others barred from entry into the United States — along with companies closely allied with the Kremlin.

Analysis and Commentary

Steele Dossier Farce Shows Why Trump Relies On Twitter

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Friday, October 27, 2017

The media refrain on the Trump dossier has been that “considerable amounts of it have been proven.” No one had explained exactly what has been proven, however, until The Washington Post decided to answer the question itself.


Why Was Obama's Justice Department Silent On Criminal Activity By Russia's Nuclear Agency?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

An investigative piece in The Hill shows that the FBI knew, as of November 2009, of criminal activities by Tenex, the U.S. affiliate of Russia’s nuclear energy agency, Rosatom. At that time, Rosatom was authorized to ship spent fuel from Russian nuclear power plants to customers in the United States. Justice Department documents show that Tenex executives instructed a subcontracting U.S. trucking firm, in late November of 2009, to pad its prices in a no-bid process and to wire transfer the difference to offshore accounts. FBI records show a series of subsequent Tenex kickbacks and money laundering transactions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Black Swan Of The Russian Revolution

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Independent Review
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

[Subscription Required] Like the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Revolution caught almost everyone off guard. Contrary to Marxist-Leninist dogma, the Bolsheviks’ victory resulted not from communism’s alleged inevitability but rather from a series of coincidences and accidents that could have been otherwise.


Sadly, We Must Rely On Russian Oligarchs To Reveal Truth On Trump Dossier

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Congress has demonstrated its inability to solve the key unanswered questions of the Trump dossier — who paid for it and what were its sources? The dossier was compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele of Orbis Business Intelligence of London and was commissioned by Fusion GPS, a Washington, D.C.-based opposition research firm headed by former journalist Glen Simpson.

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The Stalin Template

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

Kim Jong-un learned many things from the USSR’s master of repression. Kim’s bloody efforts to prop up the family dynasty, however, are all his own.

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Obama's DOJ Slow-Walked Probe Despite National Security Concerns

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In their recent article in The Hill, John Solomon and Alison Spann reported on the Obama Justice Department’s slow-walk investigation of Moscow’s bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering “designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

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How Russia Is Playing Catalonia To Get A Reprieve On Crimea

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, October 16, 2017

Among Russia’s biggest headaches is the widespread condemnation of its annexation of Crimea in March of 2014. Vladimir Putin still smarts from the November 2016 International Criminal Court (ICC) finding that “there exists a sensible or reasonable justification for a belief that a crime [my italics] falling within the jurisdiction of the Court ‘has been or is being committed’” within the Crimean and Donbas territories of Ukraine. Upon issuance of this finding, an irate Russia withdrew from the ICC. Sanctions continue to threaten persons and companies associated with the Crimean takeover.