This book reveals the key trends in the modern Russian trade policy to provide a deeper understanding of the main challenges and barriers, possible paths and opportunities in its development.

An international team of authors investigates specific factors influencing the Russian trade policy evolution; recent trends in Russia’s international trade development; and the impact of Russia’s participation in the World Trade Organization on the domestic economy. Particular attention is paid to regional integration processes that involve Russia and their outcomes; as well as challenges in the remaining and building commercial relations with Russia’s traditional and ‘new’ trade partners, taking into consideration those alienating the West and economic sanctions regimes. The analysis of key trends is combined with a special focus on selected industries and economic partners of Russia. The book contains a variety of case studies investigating the ways in which political and business actors adapt to the transformation of Russian trade policy, how Russia participates in the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, and what the driving forces and outputs are for the national economic agents. Finally, the authors consider what the reasonable expectations might be regarding the future prospects of Russian trade policy.

The book presents a unique, comprehensive and multidimensional analysis of modern Russian trade policy. Filling an important gap in the existing literature, this book will be of value to all those interested in Russia’s economic development path.

chapter |4 pages


chapter 3|23 pages

States and dirigisme versus markets

Hydrocarbons, agriculture, and Russia’s trade policy, 1991–2017

chapter 5|24 pages

Impact of the WTO accession on acceding countries

Analysis of key macroeconomic indicators

chapter 6|26 pages

Eurasian economic union

The first successful Russian regional trade agreement?

chapter 9|30 pages

Russia’s trade with China

In the face of sanctions a search for new market opportunities

chapter 12|21 pages

Russian automotive industry

Beyond import substitution and export-led industrialization

chapter 13|19 pages

GATS Mode 4 in Russia’s migration policy

Liberalization and its limitation

chapter 15|6 pages