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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Is Russiagate Really Hillarygate?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, June 19, 2017

According to an insider account, the Clinton team, put together the Russia Gate narrative within 24 hours of her defeat. The Clinton account explained that Russian hacking and election meddling caused her unexpected loss. Her opponent, Donald Trump, was a puppet of Putin. Trump, they said, “encourages espionage against our people.” 

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The Russian Dossier Appears To Be The Work Of An Unregistered Russian Agent. Where Does This Lead Us?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, June 12, 2017

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) sent a letter to the Justice Department on March 31, 2017 demanding for his Committee on the Judiciary all relevant documents on the company Fusion GBS. Fusion GPS is the company that funded the Christopher Steele opposition-research “Golden Shower” dossier against then-candidate Donald Trump. 

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Three Overlooked Statements By Comey That Blow Apart The Russian Collusion Narrative

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Three of James Comey’s responses before the Senate Intelligence Committee destroy the foundations of the narrative that Donald Trump and/or his campaign conspired with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary Clinton.

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Comey Elevates The Fake Orbis Dossier By Asserting He Can Only Discuss It In Closed Session

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, June 8, 2017

In his ongoing public testimony, former FBI Director, James Comey dodged many of the questions to which the American public most wants answers with the excuse: “I can’t talk about that in open session.” Among the things the American people wanted to hear from Comey himself was his take on the sensational Orbis “Golden Shower” Dossier’s charges against Donald Trump. They learned nothing.

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What Comes After Kim Jong Un?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Daneil DePetris writes in The National Interest against the forced removal of Kim Jong Un from power because “North Korea is such a black-hole in terms of human intelligence, the U.S. intelligence community wouldn’t be able to confidently assess that the man or woman (Kim’s sister, for instance) who replaces Kim wouldn’t be just as vicious or unpredictable.” Historical parallels from the USSR and China, I argue, suggest that Kim would be followed by a milder form of collective rule.

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It's Not Trump, But Public Intellectuals & Lobbyists Who Are Advancing Putin's U.S. Agenda

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

We live in a crazy world: Contacts with Russia by a new administration are represented as possible treason, not as normal diplomacy. Reporters decide, not a president elected by the people, what is acceptable sharing of intelligence. Administration officials with Russian associations are subject to McCarthy-like witch hunts.

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Stalin As A Study Aid

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

There are striking parallels between today’s North Korea and the Stalinist USSR of the 1930s.

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There Remains No Evidence Of Trump-Russia Collusion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Where is the evidence of President Trump's collusion with Russia?

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“It’s Best Not to Mess with Us”

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

The nuclear poker game with Moscow has already begun—or, rather, resumed. 

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Authoritative Putin Think Tank Could Not Choose Between Clinton And Trump

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 24, 2017

A Reuter’s exclusive cites seven anonymous “informed sources” with access to the confidential reports of the Moscow-based Russian Institute for Strategic Studies (RISS). Reuters claims that these reports “provided the framework and rationale” for the Kremlin’s “intensive effort …. to swing the 2016 U.S. presidential election to Donald Trump and undermine voters’ faith in the American electoral system.”

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