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PROBLEMS OF MODERN ECONOMICS, N 4 (52), 2014
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF COLUMN
Gazizullin Nail F.
Chair of Economic Theory and History of Economic Thought, St. Petersburg State Economic University, PhD (Economics), Professor, Honored Scholar of the Republic of Tatarstan

Chief editor's column
Pages: 2 - 2

Dear readers and colleagues!
We hereby present to you the current issue of our Journal [4(52) 2014]; its 17 traditional sections present 112 articles, analytic and bibliographic materials written by 160 authors from 28 regions of Russia and other CIS countries (Belorussia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan).
The issue opens by the greeting of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin to the participants of the Second International Forum Eurasian Economic Perspective that took place in St. Petersburg State Economic University on April 17, 2014.
The Forum again discussed a broad range of issues related to the Eurasian economic integration, analyzed and summarized the results of integration with the frames of the Customs Union and the Common economic space, distinguished the dynamics of integration processes, laid out new directions of their development, and singled out problems that impede the full-scale transition to the new stage of integration, the Eurasian Economic Union.
The foundational question of the present and the future of the Eurasian integration are discussed in the section Eurasian economic perspectives: problems and solutions, namely, in the articles written by the Heads of Parliaments of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belorussia, S.E. Naryshkin, K.K. Dzhakupov and A.N. Rubinov, as well as by T.D. Valovaya, a Minister of the Eurasian Commission, A.N. Shokhin, President of the Russian Union of Producers and Entrepreneurs, and M.I. Krotov, Councilor of the Head of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
The Eurasian Economic Union has come into being. Armenia has already joined it, and the decision was taken concerning Kirgizias full membership in the Union starting May 2015. This historical fact should be seen as the major result of many years of joint work of state leaders, politicians, parliament members, scholars, business-communities, as well as of broad layers of the civil society in our countries in 1924.
Another very significant area in contemporary economic scholarship and practice is the elaboration of the content and the major parameters of the new course of development, which became especially urgent nowadays, in the complex context of Western sanctions, decrease of oil prices, etc.
Facing the challenges of the time, the Journal continues the discussion on the renewal of Russian economic system and reindustrialization. The articles by well-known St. Petersburg and Moscow scholars V.T. Riazanov, S.D. Bodrunov, R.S. Gaisin discuss the topical issues related to these transformations. Their research shows that one cannot limit oneself with the application of the standard set of monetary methods in hope to resolve the most acute problems of the Russian economy; new paradigms and asymmetric mechanisms should be implemented by the real economic politics. In relations to this, one should pay attention to the works of such outstanding Russian scholars as L.S. Bliakhman, S.M. Menshikov and F.F. Rybakov; essays in their memory are published in the issue as well.
The necessity to depart from cut-and-dried monetary-based thinking, totally detached from the solution of modernization and new industrialization problems, was mentioned during Yegor Gaidar forum by the leaders of the largest state corporations and Russian regions such as V.I. Yakunin, R.N. Minnikhanov, and others.
The new perspective upon the development of BRICS countries and their role in the creation of the new economic world is presented in the article by G.N. Tsagolov in the section of Economic globalization. Taking into account the high importance and the strong interest to this issue, bibliographers of the Russian National Library prepared a bibliographical list on economic literature in BRICS countries (Current bibliography section).
Intensive development of North-Eastern territories as a most significant direction of the Russian economy, is discussed in the special sub-section titled Priority directions of socio-economic development in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Russian North-East. A series of articles for this section was written by the scholars from the Institute of the Regional Institute of the Northern Economy, M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University.
The section Socio-Economic Development of Eurasian States publishes articles by our colleagues from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan that discuss the topical issues related to the economic development of these countries.
The systemic discussion of the contemporary economic problems, their thorough analysis and discussion of their solution mechanisms on various level was and is the major goal of our Journal. This has a key importance for the broadening of professional knowledge, for development of the justified civil position in the multi-polar and multi-layer world, for attaining of the better understanding of the ever more complicating economic relations, ties, and interactions.
The Journal invites everyone to engage in further creative cooperation.

With respect,
N.F. Gazizullin.

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