Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs

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Putin meeting with the union in 2001.

The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP) is a lobby based in Moscow that promotes the interests of business in Russia. It has over 1,000 members, which include both private and state-owned companies, factories, and foreign and Russian plants. The RSPP is the successor of the previous USSR scientific and industrial union in the Russian Federation.[1]

It was founded by Arkady Volsky in 1991.[2] He headed it until 2005.[3] He was succeeded by the current president is Alexander Shokhin, vice-premier of Russia from 1991 to 1994, and subsequently a Duma depute for eight years.[4] Its current vice-president, Igor Yurgens, has been an adviser to UNESCO and the Trade Unions Council, and was chairman of the General Confederation of Trade Unions in 1996. He is a graduate from Moscow State University. Yurgens is sometimes interviewed by Western media on issues concerning Russian industry.

At a meeting of the lobby in July 2009, telecommunications executives portrayed the most popular VoIP programs like Skype and ICQ as encroaching foreign entities that the government must control.[5]


  1. ^ "The Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Employers) (RUIE)". International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation. November 2003. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Anders Åslund (2007). Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed?. Peterson Institute. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-88132-537-9. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Prominent Russian businessman dies". Radio Free Europa. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Prominent Russian business leader dies, colleague says". Pravda. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Shuster, Simon; Teterevleva, Anastasia (24 July 2009), "Skype singled out as threat to Russia's security", Reuters, retrieved 25 July 2009 

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