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Gazizullin Nail F.
Professor, Chair of Marketing, St. Petersburg State University of Economy and Finances, PhD (Economics), Professor

Editor-in-chief column

Dear readers and colleagues!
We hereby present to you the current issue of our Journal [1(33) 2010], the publication of which was preceded by a number of events significant for our Editorial Board, which we would like to dwell upon in some detail here.
First, by the decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Attestation Committee, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation on February 19, 2010, our journal was included into the new version of the List of the Leading Scholarly Review Journals and Publications where the most seminal scholarly results of Candidate and Doctoral dissertation research must be published. This not only shows a high evaluation of the Editorial Board’s work and brings another corroboration of the scholarly status of the Journal, but also imposes an important responsibility that we are obligated to meet in the future as we did in the past. We certainly would like to thank our authors whose articles and materials make a considerable contribution to the development of theory, methodology, and practice of contemporary economic science.
We must also note that in 2010 the Secretariat of CIS Interparliamentary Assembly, an authoritative international organization, became one of the principal participants of our Journal. This testified to the growing strength of the international integrational component in our work and offers new possibilities for deeper analysis by scholars in CIS countries of socio-economic issues related to the formation of the unified economic space on the territory of the post-Soviet states.
Still another event of international significance was an invitation from the German Society of East European Studies, for the Editorial Board to participate in the international conference “Lessons of the crisis. Society, institutions, and values in the countries of Eastern Europe,” which took place in Regensburg. Among other things this was an expression of one of the important peculiarities of the current economic crisis: not only did it affect practically all countries, but it also united them in the process of searching for ways to overcome it.
This perspective fully accords with the philosophical, scholarly, and civil position of our Journal. It is for this reason that we open this issue with an article by L.S. Bliakhman, Professor of St.Petersburg State University, where the author presents a fundamental vision of the current crisis in its interrelation with many aspects of social life, stresses that the ways of overcoming the crisis are tightly related to modernization and transition to innovative economic development, and defines the major tasks of economic science in resolving contemporary issues in a new way.
A.B. Miller, Head of the Board of Directors of OAO “Gazprom” then writes about the extraordinary strategic importance and the leading role of “Gazprom” in the implementation of the national innovative economic program. Various aspects related to the economic crisis and ways to overcome it are reviewed in a number of other articles in this issue.
In order to give more detailed treatment to the issue of the crisis and ways of dealing with it, the Editorial Board of the Journal has initiated an international conference “Topical issues in overcoming of the crisis: national and regional priorities” A collective monograph will be published based on the conference results.
Another important event was the publication, in coordination with the Russian National Library, of the special bibliographic index “World Economic Crisis (literature for the years 2006-2009),” which was presented together with the Journal itself during the conference in Regensburg.
The 22 traditional sections of the present issue contain altogether 115 articles, teaching and bibliographic materials from 36 regions of Russia as well as from abroad, focusing on various topical issues of contemporary economics. Additionally, researchers of the Russian National Library present a new bibliographical survey “Economics in the Countries of Near- and Middle East and Northern Africa” (“Current Bibliography” section).
The Journal invites everyone to engage in further creative cooperation.

With respect,
N.F. Gazizullin

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