Russia NOW: The Current State of the Former Soviet Union
Three Russia experts—Professors Thomas Hodge, Igor Logvinenko, and Nina Tumarkin—will shed light on the current state of the country that to many represent the U.S.’s foremost geopolitical adversary, headed by the “Disrupter-in-Chief,” Vladimir Putin.
As Russia swings into mid-September parliamentary elections, COVID-19 continues to rage, while over two-thirds of the population are still not vaccinated. The country is facing economic challenges at a time of tense diplomatic relations, particularly with the United States and Western Europe. Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, continues to languish in a notoriously harsh prison (where among other punishments, he is forced to watch state-generated propaganda on television), while the regime has been cracking down on any and all oppositionists and their supporters, as well as NGOs newly labeled as “foreign agents.” Siberian permafrost is succumbing to global warming and vast tracts of forestland have been on fire for weeks; Siberia’s wildfires are bigger than those in every other country put together.
The Davis Fund for Russian Area Studies.