Yuri Yarem Agaev

Yuri Yarim-Agaev


Yuri Yarim-Agaev was a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, as well as a scientist and human rights activist. After receiving his degree in 1972 from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, he worked at the Soviet Academy of Sciences. He joined the Moscow Helsinki Group (founded in 1976) and became a leader of the human rights movement in Russia, working closely with Andrei Sakharov and other dissidents. As a consequence of his dissident activities, he was forced into exile in the summer of 1980.

On his arrival in the United States, Yarim-Agaev continued his professional work in physics at MIT, Stanford University, and Bellcore; he later worked in financial analytics at Bankers Trust and Deutsche Bank in New York.

Continuing his work in human rights activities, Yarim-Agaev founded the Center for Democracy in the USSR in 1984. This New York–based organization provided support to dissidents in the USSR, aided by the National Endowment for Democracy and various American foundations. The center also actively supported the first independent publications and opposition groups in Russia and other republics during the late 1980s.

By the end of the 1980s, Yarim-Agaev, along with Vladimir Bukovsky and Paruir Hairikyan, created Democracy and Independence, an organization devoted to promoting the peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union into new independent states. The organization held international conferences in Paris (1989) and Prague (1990), at which dissidents and new democrats from the various Soviet republics began the discussing how power might be reallocated at the end of communism.

In 1991, by invitation of the new Yeltsin-led Russian government, Yarim-Agaev developed a comprehensive program to secure the free exchange of information in Russia.

Yarim-Agaev continues his involvement in human rights issues around the world and his professional work in science and finance. His recent publications deal with the failure of democracy in Russia and the situation in Iraq and North Korea.

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Analysis and Commentary

Obama’s Iran Deal Forgets A Crucial Lesson Of The Cold War

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia National Review
Monday, August 3, 2015

The Obama administration likes to say that the only alternative to its nuclear deal with Iran would be a military confrontation. But there is a much better alternative: facilitate the prompt and peaceful replacement of Iran’s Islamist regime.

Taylor Jones cartoon

Putin Is No Peacemaker

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The United States should call out Putin for what he is—and make the world listen.

Vladimir Putin
Analysis and Commentary

Why Vladimir Putin Isn't Going to Make Peace

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia CNN.com
Thursday, August 7, 2014

The killing of 298 innocent people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a crime, a consequence of the war against Ukraine that Vladimir Putin started, and which he supplies, directs and controls. The Russian President bears full responsibility for this war, including the downing of the Malaysian airliner.


The Ever-Useful Mob

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

Beware of “spontaneous” outrage and the temptation to appeasement. By Yuri Yarim-Agaev.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama vs. Capitalism

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Pajamas Media
Monday, November 5, 2012
Analysis and Commentary

How to Win an Ideological War

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Wall Street Journal Europe
Monday, September 24, 2012

On Nov. 9, 1938, thousands of German storm troopers, acting under direct orders, launched the Jewish pogrom known as Kristallnacht. The attacks left approximately 100 Jews dead and 7,500 Jewish businesses damaged. Hundreds of homes and synagogues were vandalized.

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An Inconvenient Woman

by Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Homage to a dissident who insisted on telling the truth. By Yuri Yarim-Agaev.

Communism with Yuri Yarmin-Agaev

Yuri Yarim-Agaev — Freedom Fighter

with Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 15, 2011

Yuri Yarim-Agaev was already a distinguished physicist when, in the 1970s, he joined the Moscow Helsinki Group, the dissident organization set up to monitor Soviet compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords. Fellow members of the organization included physicist Yuri Orlov and Yelena Bonner, wife of Andrei Sakharov. Yarim-Agaev, now a financial analyst in New York, devotes much of his time to ensuring that the evils of Soviet communism are never forgotten.

Analysis and Commentary

Why are the Chinese so afraid of [Liu Xiaobo]?

by Paul R. Gregory, Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Daily Caller (DC)
Friday, October 15, 2010

China is the world’s fastest growing economy. It is now second only to the United States in GDP...Yet China is throwing a temper tantrum unworthy of a great country over the Nobel Committee’s decision to award its 2010 peace prize to [Liu Xiaobo]...