The Crimes of Communism

Event Date: 
September 27, 2007 - 12:00pm

David Cassard Room
161 Ottawa Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


Dr. Yuri N. Maltsev lectures on “The Crimes of Communism”. Before Maltsev came to the United States in 1989, he was a member of a senior team of Soviet economists that worked on President Mikhail Gorbachev’s famed perestroika reforms. In Moscow, he also held various prestigious teaching and research positions. Currently he is a professor of economics at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Maltsev discusses the reversal of liberalized reforms in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. In addition, Maltsev talks about the variety of ways in which communism oppresses people, especially religion. Another issue the lecture delves into is Russia’s own war with radical Islam, coupled with Putin and Russia’s dealings with rogue Islamic states.

Short bio of the speaker

During a fifteen-year period in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Yuri N. Maltsev held various teaching and research positions, and before coming to the U.S. in 1989, he was a member of a senior team of Soviet economists that worked on President Gorbachev's reforms package of perestroika. He came to Carthage in 1991, and was a Senator William Jennings Peace Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, a research institution sponsored by the United States Congress. There he analyzed problems of the post communist transition to a market economy, with special emphasis on privatization and deregulation. In addition to contributing to ten books and publishing over a hundred articles, he has given lectures at leading US universities, corporations, banks, colleges, churches, schools and community centers. Likewise, he has appeared on various television and radio programs, including PBS NewsHour, C-Span, CNN, Financial Network News, Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, and Wisconsin Public Radio.