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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Elite to Get Own Foreign Affairs Journal

The country's most influential foreign policy experts and most influential business lobbying group have teamed up to launch a Russian equivalent of the U.S. Foreign Affairs journal in November to educate Russia's elite about new global realities, the journal's founders said Wednesday.

The journal will be published in Russian as Rossia v Globalnoi Politike and in English as Russia in Global Affairs. It is a joint project of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, or SVOP, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, or RSPP, and the Izvestia newspaper.

SVOP chairman Sergei Karaganov, who will head the journal's editorial board, said he has raised an annual budget of $500,000 from sponsors which will allow a circulation of 7,000 copies -- an unprecedented amount for a Russian journal. The journal, which is to eventually be published every two months, will be mainly distributed for free to decision-makers and students, he said.

The journal will also be sent to public libraries and universities, and a free access web site, www.globalaffairs.ru, will open in October.

"We realize that the circle of people who understand what is happening in the world is shrinking dramatically," Karaganov said. "In essence, we would like to help create a new intellectual elite who will be interested in international affairs."

About half of the journal's articles will be original and the rest taken from the influential Foreign Affairs journal, which has granted Russia in Global Affairs the right to use its logo and contents for the symbolic sum of $1 per year, officials said.

Vyacheslav Nikonov, one of the journal's co-founders and the director of the Politika think tank, said the journal's goal is to bridge a gap between the mentality of the Russian elite and the international elite that emerged in the isolation of the Soviet period.

"It will be a journal of patriotic internationalists," Karaganov said. "However, we will publish patriotic conservatives, if they submit quality articles."

The editorial board includes prominent Russians such as Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, President Vladimir Putin's foreign policy adviser Sergei Prikhodko, former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov and deputy speakers of the State Duma Vladimir Lukin and Irina Khakamada. From abroad, board members include former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl; Graham Allison, the director of the Belfer Center at Harvard University; and Foreign Affairs editor James Hoge.

The journal's editor in chief is Fyodor Lukyanov, former foreign editor for the Vremya Novostei newspaper.

Its board of trustees includes Transneft CEO Semyon Vainshtok and Sistema chief Vladimir Yevtushenkov and is headed by Vladimir Potanin of Interros.

Karaganov said the journal will revive a Soviet-era tradition of drafting secret "situational reports" for the country's leadership that are based on experts' brainstorming sessions. A declassified version of the reports will be published in the journal. Primakov will chair the first brainstorming session -- on his favorite subject, the Middle East -- next month.

"We hope the open version will not be much different from the closed one," Karaganov said. "We may omit phrases that might be offensive to some countries or some of our politicians."