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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
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Dear readers and colleagues!
We hereby present to you the current issue of our Journal [1(53) 2015]; its 19 traditional sections present 91 articles, analytic and bibliographic materials written by 129 authors from 20 regions of Russia and other CIS countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan).
This issue is coming out on the eve of the biggest common holiday of all our peoples, the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. We heartily congratulate our dear veterans in all post-Soviet states – THE GENERATIONS OF WINNERS – and commemorate the memory of the deceased, both of those who fought at the front line and those who worked at the home front, those who defended the freedom and independence of our Motherland, who destroyed fascism, this most horrible enemy of all humankind, those who together with ally countries liberated Europe and the whole world from genocide and slavery.
Today, despite the historical truth of unprecedented heroism and tremendous victims of the Soviet people, despite the apparent major contribution of the Soviet people into the victory over fascism, incredible attempts are made to “re-write” history, to indoctrinate young people with false ideas on the reasons and results of the Patriotic War of 1941-1945, to virtually turn public consciousness upside down. Regretfully, one has to say that this happens even in some former republics of the USSR. Thus one of the major moral, educational and scholarly aims of Russian Social Studies, including Economics, is to reveal and perpetuate historical truth on this far-away yet recent war.
Soviet economy was one of the decisive factors of the Victory, as well as the talent of its organizers, the scholarly system, principles and mechanisms at its foundation. Certainly, one cannot explain them away solely by administrative and command methods of management. This is the topic of the opening article by G.G. Bogomazov, Professor of St. Petersburg State University, dedicated to the economic basis of the Victor of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic war.
Each historical stage of development naturally requires the progress of economic science, realization of its adaptive function to the changing circumstances, broadening of its analytical arsenal through new tendencies in the global and national economics. Yet the principal goal of the economic science irrespective of schools and trends should be visible through research focusing on such corner stones of social life as the increase of the national wealth, of quality of life and well-being of the population, as the creation of conditions for the complex development of each personality. We regard issues related to the new industrialization and modernization of Russian economy, as well as questions of broadening of the Eurasian economic integration are the key directions of such research. These issues compose the main framework of the first sections of the current issue.
At the same time we think that the distinguished key directions of the present-day economic science should be based on the sound theoretical and methodological foundation. The new Eurasian political economy can become such a foundation. In its essence and value principles it contains a cognitive, methodological, prognostic, applied, and educational functions, all of which focus on the solution of the present-day tasks as well as future challenges. It also has a sturdy political foundation, supplied by the Eurasian Economic Union, civil contract and the desire of our people to form partnership with other Eurasian countries who share the principles of equal development. That is why the Journal opens up a new discussion on the self-determination of the Eurasian political economy, and publishes the articles that resulted from the discussion of this topic within the frames of continuous philosophy-and-economy seminar conducted by the editorial board of the Journal.
The section “Teaching Aids” launches the series of lectures titled “General Economics” by A.V. Sorokin, professor of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University; the series will include eight lectures.
The “Current Bibliography” section presents literature on Russian new industrialization, prepared by the bibliographers of the Russian National Library.
Each section of the issue contains useful materials that will be interesting for our readers.
The Journal invites everyone to engage in further creative cooperation.

With respect,
N.F. Gazizullin.

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