Private Ownership in Russia: Between Individual Rights and State Control

Book launch

in English

with Eugenia Kurzynsky-Singer (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law) and Maxim Trudolyubov (Kennan Institute)
Chair: Julia Langbein (ZOiS)

A Khrushchyovka house. © Grethe Ulgjell / Alamy Stock Foto

In his new book The Tragedy of Property: Private Life, Ownership and the Russian State (Polity 2018), Maxim Trudolyubov uses private property as a lens to highlight current and historical features that distinguish Russia as a political culture. After introducing the book, he will be joined by legal expert Eugenia Kurzynsky-Singer and ZOiS researcher Julia Langbein to discuss the ambivalent role of private property in Russia.


Dr Eugenia Kurzynsky-Singer is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. She completed her postdoctoral thesis at the University of Hamburg in 2018 and is currently researching aspects of ownership in Russian and German law and other topics.

Maxim Trudolyubov is a Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute and a regular contributor to Vedomosti. He won the Paul Klebnikov Fund’s prize for courageous Russian journalism in 2007 and was a Yale World Fellow in 2009 and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in 2010-11.

Dr Julia Langbein is a senior researcher at ZOiS and Scientific Coordinator of the EU-STRAT project at the Center for European Integration at the Freie Universität Berlin. She holds a PhD in Political Science and has a particular interest in political economy, mainly the interaction of economic and political integration and developments in Eastern Europe.