Paul R. Gregory

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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

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."

Putin
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.

In the News

Fact Check: Kamala Harris Says Joe Biden ‘Responsible For Saving’ U.S. Auto Industry As Jobs Being Offshored

quoting Paul R. Gregoryvia Breitbart
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

CLAIM: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate that Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is “responsible for saving America’s auto industry.”

Featured

Navalny Poisoning Just A Bump In The Road For Nord Stream 2

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, September 25, 2020

Trying to figure whither Nord Stream 2 (hereafter NS2) – the undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany – is akin to solving five complicated jigsaw puzzles at once.

Interviews

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Don't expect Europe to hold Putin accountable in Navalny poisoning."

Analysis and Commentary

Don't Expect Europe To Hold Putin Accountable In Navalny Poisoning

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Vladimir Putin is a notorious risk-taker. Many of his ventures have paid off for him, but did his luck run out when a suspected plot to take out opposition leader Aleksei Navalny veered wildly off course? Instead of being pronounced dead from “natural causes” upon arriving on a flight to Moscow, as was purportedly planned, Navalny lies in a coma in a Berlin hospital, full of a poison accessible only to the Russian military and its Kremlin-successor security service, the FSB.

Interviews

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, August 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Is Putin getting away with poisoning another political opponent?"

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Is Putin Getting Away With Poisoning Another Political Opponent?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Aleksei Navalny, the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation headquartered in Moscow, is one of the last-standing political opponents of Vladimir Putin. His tightly researched, well-documented reports on the corruption of high-level Kremlin officials have been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side. Not only that, but Navalny has engaged in regional and local politics in a manner that could diminish Putin’s control over the vast Russian Federation.

Interviews

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his book Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives. Click here to listen to Part 2Part 3, or Part 4.

Analysis and Commentary

Steele's Dossier: 'Clown Show' Or The Greatest Russian Coup?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The known details of the so-called Steele dossier point to a peculiar ambiguity. To expert analysts, it always appeared to be low-quality political opposition research. Yet, it turned American against American, paralyzed our government — and may be the greatest Russian disinformation coup in history.

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