Riot police officers detain people during a protest in moscow

Riot police officers detain people during a protest against a court ruling ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for nearly three years, in downtown Moscow on February 2, 2021.

Russia in Turmoil: Protests, Police, Pandemic

Feb 23, 2021, 10–11:15 AM
Free and open to the public

Moscow-based Maria Lipman, Senior Associate at PONARS Eurasia, George Washington University, will shed new light on the tumult now roiling Russia.

Turbulent events have gripped Russia ever since the arrest in mid-January, 2021, of the anti-corruptionist oppositionist, Alexei Navalny, Putin’s fiercest critic. Across the world’s largest country’s eleven time zones, in frigid temperatures as low as -60 degrees F, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Russia’s vastest protest in a decade. Police responded with unprecedented levels of brutality and some 10,000 protesters were (and many still are) detained, often under appalling conditions. All this during the COVID-19 pandemic, which, despite the much-touted Sputnik V vaccine, rages on.

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the Kathryn Wasserman Davis ’28 Fund for Russian Area Studies

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