How to read Russia?
Lessons from an insider

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Fourth October Lecture 
of Raam op Rusland and De Rode Hoed

Speaker: political scientist Yekaterina Schulmann (Moscow)
Moderator: Chris Kijne (VPRO)

How to read Russia?

The year 2020 has been mindboggling, also in Russia. Putin tightened his control over Russian society and orchestrated a constitutional coup in which he annulled his own presidential terms  to be able to reign till 2036. But not all was under control.

Corona hits Russia hard, in Khabarovsk people have been protesting the arrest of their governor for months now. Relations with the West soured after the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. And in Russia’s Near Abroad there was upheaval too: in Belarus, the Caucasus, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan.

How to read Russia? Do we understand how the country is governed? Is Putin still the guarantee for stability?   Will a young generation change and modernize Russia?  How do Russians look at Europe and how do they look at the US?

The distinguished political scientist Yekaterina Schulmann has the answers.

Yekaterina Schulmann

Yekaterina Schulmann (42) studied political science at the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. She currently works as associate professor of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and is an associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme of Chatham House. She hosts a radio-show on the Moscow station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow). From 2018-2019 she was member of the presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. She runs a popular YouTube channel and is one of the most frequently asked commentators on current affairs in Russia.

The first October Lecture of Raam op Rusland took place in october 2017, at the centennial of the October Revolution. Speakers have been bestselling author and historian Boris Akunin (2017), investigative journalist Andrey Soldatov (2018) and economist Sergey Guriev (2019). 

Due to corona the lecture this year took place in the form of a livestream interview. This is the podcast of the conversation.

The October Lecture is organised with support of