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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Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Alexei Navalny Vs Putin's Castle

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 4, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

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Analysis and Commentary

Russia's Putin And Navalny Collide; Who Will Survive?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

To understand the events of Russian dissident Aleksei Navalny’s near-fatal poisoning and his Jan. 17 return to Russia, you must know that there are two Navalnys: Navalny No. 1 is described by Kremlin-controlled media as a CIA agent, corrupt, a hater of Russia, a loud-mouthed liar; Navalny No. 2, according to his admirers, is a heroic fighter against the corruption of Russia’s ruling class, a proponent of democracy, the best hope for a civilized Russia.

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Interviews

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, January 18, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory on Alexei Navalny and why he is vulnerable.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "The Kremlin, FSB, and the 'Berlin patient's' underpants."

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The Berlin Patient

featuring Paul R. Gregoryvia Powerline
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

I don’t recall reading anything like Paul Roderick Gregory’s Hill column — “The Kremlin, FSB, and the ‘Berlin patient’s’ underpants” — and related news stories.

Analysis and Commentary

The Kremlin, FSB, And The 'Berlin Patient's' Underpants

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Vladimir Putin has used the FSB’s aura of efficiency and brutality to threaten regime opponents with kompromat, exile, poisoning, or a bullet to the head. The Aug. 20 botched assassination of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and the embarrassing unraveling of the Kremlin’s narrative thereafter have turned the FSB into a laughingstock as memes belittling Putin and his FSB circulate on social media.

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Paul Gregory: Putin’s Official Self-insurance Policy

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 12, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "A new Putin worse than the old Putin?"

Analysis and Commentary

A New Putin Worse Than The Old Putin?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Vladimir Putin is mortal. Russia, sooner or later, will have to navigate the transition from his 20-plus years of rule to someone else. It now appears that “sometime” could come as early as January 2021, if ill-health rumors denied by the Kremlin should prove to be true.

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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict adds to Putin's headaches, West's worries."

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Analysis and Commentary

Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Adds To Putin's Headaches, West's Worries

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, October 18, 2020

The last thing Vladimir Putin needed is another hotspot in Russia’s “near abroad” — Russia’s term for the 14 republics that once were part of the old Soviet Union, along with the Russian Republic.

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