Sberbank Rossii OAO: The Russia Forum 2013 to start on April 18

April 17, 2013


Tomorrow, April 18, The Russia Forum, a landmark annual business event that focuses on Russia and takes place in Moscow, will begin. The Forum will commence with speeches given by Sergei Ivanov, Chief of Staff of the Russian Presidential Executive Office and Herman Gref, Chairman of the Board, CEO, Sberbank of Russia.

The discussion part of the Forum will start with the plenary session “Turning point: Communism was Russia’s answer to the challenges of the 20th century. What can we expect in the 21st century?” Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1997 to 2007, Vaclav Klaus, former President of the Czech Republic, Colin Powell, U.S. Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005, Li Zhaoxing, former Foreign Minister of China, Charles Wyplosz, Professor of International Economics and Director, International Centre for Monetary and Banking Studies, Alexei Kudrin, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University, and Richard Pipes, renowned historian, Doctor of Historical Sciences and Baird Professor Emeritus of History, Harvard University, will take part in the session. The discussion will be moderated by Herman Gref. The Russia Forum 2013 will be broadcast live on TV channel Russia 24, and also on the websites of RIA Novosti, Sberbank of Russia, and the Forum website.

Also tomorrow the plenary session “Investing in Russia: What Drives Investors Today?” will be held. The first day of the Forum will be wrapped up by a speech given by Igor Shuvalov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

The Forum is organised by Sberbank of Russia.