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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BP, Putin, and Russian Oil: Will They Never Learn?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, January 16, 2011

The West has lectured Russia since 1991 on the importance of the rule of law...No matter how badly Western energy concerns are treated, they (like the hapless Charlie Brown) will take another kick at the disappearing football...

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Wikileaks, Gazprom, the Putin Wealth Tax, and the Chinese Counter Example

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, January 16, 2011

Buried in the Wikileaks releases is an account of a rare meeting of Moscow Embassy officials in September of 2008 with the reclusive management of Russia’s largest company, Gazprom...

The Khodorkovsky Verdict: The Power Struggle Is Now On

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, January 3, 2011

On December 27, 2010, the Moscow court began reading its verdict. Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man and leading industrialist, has been sentenced to a second term. He will not be released until 2017, well after the 2012 presidential election.

Stalin-Putin Justice: The Bukharin-Khodorkovsky Cases

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, December 20, 2010

Dec, 12: Vladimir Putin's reply when asked on a national TV call in show about the upcoming Khodorkovsyky verdict: "Thieves should remain in jail."

Khodorovsky Verdict Delayed

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, December 16, 2010

Former Yukos Chairman, Mikhail Khodorkovsky's verdict in his second Moscow trial was supposed to be delivered today, December 15. Without warning or notice, the court announced that the reading of the verdict has been delayed until December 26.

Analysis and Commentary

Khodorkovsky Verdict Delayed

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The reason for the delay is obvious: Western newsmen leave Moscow between Christmas and New Year. Few will be in the Moscow court room to hear the predictable guilty verdict and the new prison sentence...

The Ruffin-Gregory Award for the Worst Treatment of Climate Change in an Economics Textbook

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, December 9, 2010

I did not know until yesterday that there is a prize that bears my name. The Ruffin-Gregory Award was established by a protector of the faith in global warming for the purpose of “hounding out of print” the economics text that has the worst treatment of climate change.

Putin, Russian Democracy, and Wikileaks

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, December 6, 2010

It will take years for the United States to restore its image as a trustworthy diplomatic partner. U. S. diplomacy has suffered a severe set back and its national security has been damaged by the Wikileak dumps of classified documents.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin, Russian Democracy and Wikileaks

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Sunday, December 5, 2010

It will take years for the United States to restore its image as a trustworthy diplomatic partner. U.S. diplomacy has suffered a severe set back and its national security has been damaged by the Wikileak dumps of classified documents...

Russia Admits Guilt on Katyn at Last

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Monday, November 29, 2010

Russia’s Duma admitted, after more than a half century of denial, that the Katyn massacre of more than 22,000 Polish officers and administrators was ordered by Stalin and signed off by the Politburo.

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